At almost 4,000 meters (about 12,600 feet) above sea level, Christ the Redeemer of the Andes (in Spanish Cristo Redentor de los Andes) must be one of the highest located large monuments in the world. The figure facing the line of the border between Argentina and Chile.
This seven meter high bronze monument has been standing on the border of Argentina and Chile already almost 109 years. It was originally crafted by sculptor Mateo Alonso (1878-1955) in Buenos Aires, from where it was brought in peaces by train and mules early 1904 via La Cumbre (aka Uspallata) Pass. It is now standing on a 6 meter high granite pedestal.
Wikipedia tells: “The statue was unveiled on 13 March 1904 as a celebration of the peaceful resolution of the border dispute between Argentina and Chile. 3,000 Chileans and Argentines climbed to the summit despite the inhospitable conditions and watched the two armies, only a short time before ready to do battle with one another, firing gun salutes together.” – That must have been a sight and an experience!
I’ve been told that the metal of the statue came from the melted guns of these fighting armies, but this seems to be more a legend that a true story. I could not find any confirmation for that.
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This is the fourth of my short Andes stories. More to follow …