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Cristo Redentor (Christ redeemer)

Poza Rica

Tihuatlán valley is 20 kilometers from Poza Rica and is a mandatory stop to buy hand-carved crafts and climb the Cristo Redentor, sculpted in the likeness of the one on Corcovado hill in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Christ, with open arms as a sign of blessing, is Mexico’s third tallest sculpture, only after the Tuxtla Gutiérrez’ Cristo de Copoya, and Janitzio’s monument to José María Morelos. It is 35 meters high and was built to attract religious tourism to Veracruz northern region.

The base that supports it was decorated with bas-reliefs representing Saint Francis of Assisi (town’s saint patron), dancers, flowers, clouds, angels and a cross. The Papantla-born muralist Teodoro Cano was in charge of design.

Tihuatlán valley is 20 kilometers from Poza Rica and is a mandatory stop to buy hand-carved crafts and climb the Cristo Redentor, sculpted in the likeness of the one on Corcovado hill in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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The Christ, with open arms as a sign of blessing, is Mexico’s third tallest sculpture, only after the Tuxtla Gutiérrez’ Cristo de Copoya, and Janitzio’s monument to José María Morelos. It is 35 meters high and was built to attract religious tourism to Veracruz northern region.

The base that supports it was decorated with bas-reliefs representing Saint Francis of Assisi (town’s saint patron), dancers, flowers, clouds, angels and a cross. The Papantla-born muralist Teodoro Cano was in charge of design.

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