Cristo del Otero, Palencia

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The Cristo del Otero is a large sculpture and symbol of the city of Palencia in Spain, located on a knoll on the outskirts of the city. Another name, much less popular, is the Monument to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The sculpture was designed by Victorio Macho, and it is also where lays his tomb.DescriptionThe Christ seems to be in a position to bless the city. It was built in 1931 according to the project of sculptor Victorio Macho. It has a style reminiscent of Art Deco with Cubist resonances and echoes of ancient Egyptian art in the hieratic pose of the figure.It is one of the highest statues of Jesus Christ in the world. At his feet is carved a chapel (called Santa Maria del Otero) and a small museum with items by the architect. At the entrance to the chapel is a small terrace and a gazebo there is the view of the city.The initial project wanted to embed in the eyes of Christ blocks of ivory and marble, but the budget was insufficient, so the empty sockets presented today became windows.His great verticality and slenderness may be because it is designed to be seen from below. One can also interpret this work as a vertical column conform in contrast to the horizontality of the Castilian countryside, covered with cereal and sprinkled with poplars and oaks.Initial designThe initial project by Macho was a statue 21 meters tall with head, arms and feet of bronze and a body decorated with large golden tiles. The arms of Christ, which are currently raised as a sign of protection, were to go sideways at an angle of about 40° to the body. In the end, the project was restructured to lighten the sculpture.HeightThere is an ongoing discussion about the official height of the Cristo del Otero. The exact height is not known. According to the brochures of City Hall, Christ is more than 20 meters high.
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  • I went up to the Cristo del Otero because it seems that it is must-see if you go to Palencia, but to me I let down a little. It is one of the world's largest statues of Jesus Christ and is therefore curious to see, but not my enthusiasm.
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  • Regardless of that like the sculpture of the Cristo del Otero, is an interesting in Palencia visit, since you can see the sights of the city. There is also a small museum about the sculptor Victorio Macho, author of Christ.
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  • Closed on Mondays. The visit is free. It includes a very illustrative video, the Hall of exhibition of the work of the sculptor Victorio Macho, with sculptures, drawings and sketches and the chapel. Also the Christ referred to closely and there is a viewpoint on Palencia with binoculars free. You can park up without problems. Highly recommended
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  • You can climb on coche(recomiendo andando por alargar un poco mas la excursion), road half Earth and half aglomerado.preciosas views. There are 2 free binoculars (a detail). Needless antenna that have put him in the head.
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  • Nice to see it once... views of the city from the high... but abandoned to their fate and bad care... like almost all the tourist sights of the city... a pity... It is not marked or the how to upload to the Christ with the vehicle.
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  • The truth that the road is quiet, a time you get you do not expect to find a Museum, the eststua of Christ seems an alien(con todo el respeto deel mundo, no se porque le ponen una antena en la cabeza) by the other great, some awesome views of palencia
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  • The visit is worth. Very close to the Centre and with access by car. The views of the entire city and the small free museum dedicated to the author, in addition to the sculpture make their visit a good investment of time.
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