The city of Selçuk, Turkey, known for its closeness with the ancient city of Ephesus, had announced about their intention to build a gigantic statue of Mary similar to the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. It is believed that Ephesus is the place where Mary had finished her earthly life with the Apostle John.
“This will be a magnificent statue, like the Statue of Liberty in the U.S. and the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janerio,” said Selçuk’s Mayor in a press conference. “We still have some talks with a few investors for the statue. We will also seek for a place for it. The skirts of the Bülbül Mountains are the most probable place. We are exchanging views with experts for the statue’s structure, appearance, and transportation,” Mayor continued.
The erection of the statue was as part of the plan to increase faith tourism as Ephesus was included to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2015.