The world's largest statue of Virgin Mary is planned in the western Turkish province of Izmir, in Selcuk district, near the historic city of Ephesus - reported Vatan newspaper.
The Mayor of Selcuk Zeynel Bakic told the newspaper that the fabulous monument will be at least as imposing as New York's Statue of Liberty or the statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro. However, exactly how high the statue will be still, haven't been decided.
The mayor recalled that UNESCO last year designated Virgin Mary's assumed house where she lived after the death of Jesus Christ and the antique city of Ephesus as World Heritage sites.
The mayor stressed that while the region receives 2.5 million tourists a year, Fatima, with the population of ten thousands, receives twice as many tourists. The mayor added that Chile's capital, Santiago, where a 22-meter-high statue of Virgin Mary stands is visited by thousands of tourists every year.
(MTI – hungarianambiance.com)