History of the Christ of Mercy of San Juan del Sur Nicaragua.

By Byron Ortega

The charm of San Juan del Sur, is not only composed of its cold and rich waters, but also of the enormous image of Jesús de la Misericordia that welcomes tourists who visit the bay, and who also enjoy climbing the hill where The figure is found to appreciate the spectacular view.

In Rio de Janeiro style, the exquisite beach of San Juan del Sur has an image of a Christ that is located on the highest mountain on the north side of the bay.

History of the Christ of Mercy of San Juan del Sur.

The idea of ​​building the enormous image of Jesus of Mercy was born 14 years before it got inaugurated, when Nicaraguan businessman Erwin González dreamed of developing a great project to pay tribute to the saint of his faith, Jesus of Mercy, to whom he thanks to help him to Survive cancer.

“I dreamed of the image of Jesus of Mercy, and through that dream I had the mission of spreading the Mercy of the Lord,” Gonzalez’s statements were to a local newspaper in 2009.
That is why the figure of Jesus points directly to the church of San Juan del Sur, the expression shown by the Christ is to bless the world and express to humanity that through his mercy he is present to all.

195 pieces make up the statue. It was performed by the Costa Rican sculptor and architect, Max Ulloa Rayo, the realization of the 195-piece statue took two years. It is made based on metal structure and fiberglass (because it is a versatile material and easy to transport), they have a special treatment with patina (a kind of aqueous paste), beeswax base (which contributes to the conservation of the sculpture).

It measures 15 meters high and rests on a 9-meter pedestal, which allows the work to reach a total of 24 meters (the 11th largest image of Jesus in the world). It weighs four and a half tons.

It is located at a height of 134 meters above sea level and can be appreciated from land, sea or air.

According to the artist, the sculpture works with a natural sunscreen that repels fungus and moisture.

Two vans were needed to move the pieces and the assembly took six months of work, which was threatened by strong winds.

Personalities that have visited the Christ

One of the most recognized personalities in visiting the Jesus de la Misericordia viewpoint in San Juan del Sur, was President Jimmy Carter, as wellas actress Elizabeth Olsen, better known as “The Enchanted Witch” in the movie “Avengers: Infinity War” , also, Mario Kreutzberger better known as Don Francisco

Previously, these have been the celebrities who have visited San Juan del Sur: Matthew McConaughey, winner of an Oscar award; Catherine Zeta-Jones and her husband Michael Douglas: Josh Hutcherson, protagonist of Game of Thrones, Halle Berry, Morgan Freeman, Margot Robbie, among others.

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