News item gathered from various sources
Envoys of the Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox churches have erected a monumental statue of Christ on top of the Cherubim Mountain in the Syrian city of Saidnaya. The statue which symbolizes hope and peace is titled “I Came to Save the World.”
The monument was created thanks to a Russian Foundation called the “Spiritual Heritage of St. Paul” which is known for its charity projects in the Middle East. This bronze sculpture is the largest ever statue of Christ erected in the birthplace of Christianity. Located 2.1 kilometres above sea level on top of the Cherubim Mountain (Angel Mountain) at the Monastery of the Cherubim in the Syrian city of Saidnaya the monument is visible from Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine as well as Israel.
The project was curated by Moscow Theological Academy with parts of the sculpture being carved and manufactured in Armenia.
During the three days, when the works were under way the Syrian army halted its operations in the vicinity of the area in respect of the process of erecting the monument.
The monument stands second only in size to the world's tallest statue of Christ, the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro but when the statue is taken in combination with its plinth the structure actually exceeds the high of the famous Rio statue and stands 39m meters tall.
Terrorists bombing the Cherubim Monastery
Below video with English subtitles: FSA Terrorists Attack Ancient Cherubim Monastery in Saidnaya location of Syria's Tallest statue of Christ.