Rio Christ to get a rival

A Brazilian sugar cane town wants to place itself on the map by building a 39 metre tall statue of Jesus, a metre higher than Rio de Janeiro's iconic image of Christ the Redeemer.

The Age reports the Christ statue in Sertaozinho, northwest of Sao Paulo city, will be 57 metres tall when perched on its 39 metre pedestal, Brazilian daily newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo said.

Rio's iconic statue overlooking the beachside city measures up at 29.9 metres high, but its much shorter pedestal gives it a total height of just 38 metres.

"Far from a pretense of grandeur, we're thinking about visibility," said Nerio Costa, mayor of the town 206 miles from Sao Paulo which hopes to inaugurate the 1.5 million reais (A$950,000) structure at Easter.

The agricultural town also boasts a lakeside artificial 160 square metre beach built at a cost of 8 million reais, Folha said.

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Rio's famous Christ statue faces bigger rival (The Age)

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