|The statue was officially inaugurated by Peruvian president Alan García on Wednesday. (Photo: Sepres)|
Hundreds of Peruvians turned out on Wednesday to welcome the monument, known as "Cristo del Pacífico" or Christ of the Pacific.
The statue, standing 37 meters tall when its 15 meter pedestal is taken into account, was built in Brazil and shipped to Peru in pieces, where it was assembled on the historic Morro Solar hill which overlooks Lima's bay and 19 kilometers of beach on the Pacific coast.
"Our Lord, Jesus Christ, I ask you to bring peace to our country. Material things can do a lot, but nothing is worth anything if there is not a transcendental and different message, and that is what you have brought here," president García said at yesterday's ceremony.
Monsignor Bruno Musaro, the Apostolic Nuncio to Peru, was also in attendance at the ceremony. "I am very excited by this show of faith," he said.