Envoys of the Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox churches have erected a monumental statue of Christ -- in an effort to symbolize hope and peace -- on top of the Cherubim Mountain in the Syrian city of Saidnaya, the Orthodox Church Info blog reports today (October 18, 2013).
Moscow Theological Academy -- the curator of the project -- reported today that this monument should become a symbol of hope of all Christians for a forthcoming termination of bloodshed in Syria.
"The figure of Christ with the blessing gesture is placed on the way of the historical pilgrimage route from Constantinople to Jerusalem at a height of 2.1 km," the curators said. "The sculpture can be seen from Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, and Israel."
The installation of the monument was timed to the Orthodox Christian holiday of the Intercession of the Theotokos and the Muslim feast of Kurban Bayram. "During the three days, when the works were under way, the warring parties suspended military operations in the area and watched the installation of the sculpture, which was called, 'I Came to Save the World,'" the representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church said.