Abandoned But Beautiful: Christ Of Abbys

One of the prettiest abandoned places so far is the Christ of Abbys. I’m not a Christian, I don’t even know what I really believe in — but that aside. For someone who doesn’t believe, I have to admit that the pictures look stunning, mysterious and simply beautiful!

A Bronze Statue

The Christ of Abbys is a bronze statue of Jesus that is placed in the water on 22 August in 1954 in the Mediterranean Sea off San Fruttuoso between Camogli and Portogino on the Italien Riviera. It’s located in the sea at about 17 metres depth and starts 2,5 meter tall.

The Statue is created by Guido Galletti. The idea came from an Italian diver. The statue was places near the spot where Dario Gonzatti (the first Italian to use Scuba gear) died in 1947.

The statue is Jesus, in a pose of what looks like he’s offering a blessing of peace, with his head and hands raised skywards.

Removed & Replaced

Due to big amounts of corrosion the statue was removed and taken out of the water in 2003. One of Jesus’ hands broke off by an anchor and was replaced again. Jesus returned back into the water in 2004.

Pictures by Georgy at Turnbacktogod.com.

Resource
Wikipedia.org
turnbacktogod.com

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3 thoughts on “Abandoned But Beautiful: Christ Of Abbys

  1. The only metal which is saltwater safe is titanium. That metal, however, cost just as much as gold, so obviously you don’t make a statue out of it. I’m wondering however if it would be possible to use titanium as a coating on such a statue so it wouldn’t be susceptible to corrosion.

    Instead of Jesus, they should have represented Ariel the little mermaid. Would fit the landscape better 😛

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