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Christ Almighty! 10 Incredible Statues of Jesus Around the World

And these statues shall reign forever and ever.

The little-known town of Encantado, in southern Brazil, has grabbed international headlines with the news that it’s constructing a gigantic Jesus statue even bigger than the world-famous Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. At 43 meters (140 feet) Christ the Protector will be five meters taller than its Rio counterpart. But it’s not the first statue to knock Rio’s Cristo off his perch. There are gigantic Christ statues all over the world, with a succession of locales proudly declaring their own Jesus as the “World’s Tallest.” One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the Rio statue turns 90-years-old this year, and its crowd-pulling success has spawned copycat Christs around the world, some of which have been notably more successful than others. Here’s our round-up of some of the biggest and best Christ statues around the world.

12 of Europes Strangest Traditions

Those who believe that Europe is a grand home for the sophisticated and urbane might be in for a mighty shock when they learn about some of the continent’s more unusual traditions.

If you’re impressed by Europe’s sartorial style, elegant cuisine, and cobblestoned streets, then you’ll probably be less than enthralled by La Tomatina–a massive tomato fight held annually in the Spanish town of Buñol. Or by Luxembourg’s bizarre hopping procession through the town of Echternach. Here are a few reasons to doubt Europe’s veneer of cool.

10 Secret Greek Island Getaways for Those Who Want to Get Lost

These islands were once Greece's best-kept secrets...until now.

Lose the cell phone, drop the tablet, pack a towel, your favorite swimsuit, some sunblock, and a great book. It’s time to disconnect: Prepare to go barefoot in paradise. Peaceful, remote, and barely on the map, these 10 Greek islands are perfect for those of you who just want to get lost. Everyone’s heard about the wild parties on Mykonos and the spectacular sunsets of Santorini. And yes, we’ve all got a soft spot for Zakynthos and its powder-soft sandy beaches. But with 6,000 islands to choose from, why not go under the radar in Greece?