The Dominican Republic’s giant statue of Christ the Redeemer, situated on the Isabel de Torres mountain in the north coast city of Puerto Plata, was recently named a sister statue of Brazil’s statue of Jesus, situated on top of the Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Dominican statue of Christ the Redeemer was inaugurated in 1970 at the very top of this one thousand foot high hill.
Years later the authorities built the now famous cable car, which takes visitors all the way up to the statue.
Today, the statue and the cable car are the city of Puerto Plata’s most important tourism attractions. The cable car runs daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Right at the very foot of the religious statue there is an arts & crafts center, restaurants, cafes and various gift shops.
From the top of the mountain, where the temperature can sometimes drop to 17 degrees Celsius (62 F.), visitors will be able to fully take in the beautiful surrounding landscape, specifically the surrounding lush tropical mountains and beyond the majestic Atlantic Ocean.
The Christ the Redeemer statue was declared a sister statue of Brazil’s world-famous Corcovado statue, an impressive 38-meter tall statue of Jesus of Nazareth that stands 710 meters above sea level. The open-arm statue of Christ stands over the city of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil.
The twin-statue ceremony was headed by Joseph Marcus Vinicius de Sousa, the Brazilian Ambassador in the Dominican Republic, and representatives from Puerto Plata’s Ministry of Tourism office.