Is Colorado Home to the World’s Second-Tallest Statue of Jesus?
You've undoubtedly heard about, and have likely seen plenty of photos, of the world's largest statue of Jesus Christ, the massive Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but did you know that Colorado might just be home to the second-tallest statue of Jesus in the world?
Keep scrolling to see, and learn about the 55-foot Christ the King statue right here in Colorado.
What is Colorado's Christ the King Statue?
Christ the King is a massive, 55-foot statue of Jesus Christ that stands high atop a mountain in a rather rural part of Colorado. The statue was built in 1933 and at the time, was the second-tallest statue of Jesus Christ in the world.
Location of Colorado's Christ the King
The statue is located at 51321 U.S. Highway 285 in Grant, Colorado, which is a small community just outside of Bailey:
History of Colorado's Christ the King
The statue was originally placed in its current location back in 1933 as a gift from the family of John L. Dower to Catholic Charities for the Camp Santa Maria summer camp just below the mountain.
Camp Santa Maria is still operating today as a summer camp for underprivileged youth, senior citizens, and other visitors.
How Can I Visit Colorado's Christ the King?
The statue is technically located on private property, but if you take U.S. Highway 285 to Santa Maria Road, you can see the statue from the Camp Santa Maria entrance:
As you can see, the statue itself is pretty high up and far away in the distance, but if you know what you're looking for, you should be able to spot its 55-foot magnificence:
We do know for sure that at the time it was built, Christ the King was the second-tallest statue of Jesus Christ in the world, and some believe that it still holds that esteemed title. Whatever the case may be, there's no denying that this unique work of art is an absolutely remarkable part of Colorado's history and present.