Cristo Blanco

High on a hill above Cuzco, Peru stands the statue of Cristo Blanco (White Christ).  The statue was a parting gift from Palestinian Christians in 1945 to show their gratitude for the hospitality and kindness shown to them when they sought refuge.  It continues to serve as a reminder that good deeds do not go unnoticed.

Similar to the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Christ is depicted with open arms.  Though not as large, Cristo Blanco is one of Cuzco’s main attractions.  Made of white stone, the Cristo Blanco illuminates at night.

Minutes away from the famous Saqsayhuamán ruins, the hill affords tourists a stunning panoramic view of the ancient Incan city.  In fact, Cuzco was considered the capital of the Incan Empire.  Its fascinating history makes Cuzco a treasure trove for archaeologists studying the Americas.

For a short video of the Cristo Blanco and its surrounding areas, please see:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_1rzLwWSus