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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  • Impressive, but so smart people who will know and win do not know where this important sculpture of these dimensions, is located in the same site as the beautiful unknown. I.e. PALENCIA with P
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  • This wonderful Christ to heights and beautiful views that it is high, it impresses the pimp that is
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  • the great after the Rio de Janeiro, and the unique hollow inside, his eyes are viewpoints but cannot be accessed because not this preserved and not you can access inside, this jewel is not in the place that corresponds should be Spain's image and be OK c uidada. On his feet there is a Hermitage where this buried its creator the great male Vitorio
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  • The world's third largest Jesus will not disappoint! See the Lord on top of a hill on the outskirts of a minor town. The Big Jesus was impressive in its artistic style, seen in the impressive architecture. There is a museum at the feet of Jesus to explain the design of the Third Largest Jesus in the world (behind the one in Rio Di Janeiro and another massive Jesus) with information in Spanish (not surprising seeing as it is in Spain). The view was also amazing. The only disturbing thing about this particularly large son of the Lord was that He had no eyes in his eye sockets. This was so people could look out of them, but from a distance he doesn't look how Jesus has been traditionally depicted (i.e. with eyes). This humongous third of the Holy Trinity was overall very good.
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  • It is worth leaving the road and approaching the otero; the ascent is a bit hard but beautiful. When you get to the base of the Christ stay amazed: his Gigantism, his perfection, his beauty, is impressive and is beautifully preserved. Deserves a lot worth approaching know this place so quaint and beautiful of Palencia.
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  • The second Christ mas grande del mundo... Located on a hill from which you can see much of the great city of Palencia... Author of the Christ of the Otero Victorio Macho...
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  • Our feast of Christ, the payout of the bread and cheese party for all ytod@sls palentin@s q want to attend... .q most beautiful day!
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