Walking up the Tas-Salvatur Hill
Not everyone can make it to Rio de Janeiro, but most of us can just get the ferry to Gozo. And what do these two places have in common? Very similar statues of Jesus Christ on top of a hill/mountain!
Here are some facts:
Christ the Redeemer, a statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro is located at the top of Corcovado Mountain. It is 30 metres tall (38 metres with its 8-metre pedestal) and its arms stretch 28 metres wide.
Statue of the Risen Christ in Gozo is to be found on the top of Tas-Salvatur hill. The present statue is 6-metre hight and its arms stretch 6 metres wide. Five times smaller than the one in Rio de Janeiro, but still pretty impressive.
According to oral tradition, the first stone statue of Our Saviour was placed on top of the hill in 1870. The statue was replaced several times as most of them suffered serious structural damage due to its exposure to the elements. The current statue was places in July 1979 and restored in 2014.
The walk up to the Tas-Salvatur hill is quite steep but manageable. Only the very last piece of the way leading to the actual statue is a bit tricky. If you want to go right under the statue you have to climb a little, but even if you don't, you are pretty close and you can get a good view of the statue.
Also the views from the Tas-Salvatur Hill are pretty awesome. You can just sit underneath the statue of the Risen Christ for the while and appreciate the view, appreciate life. :-)