A new statue called Christ the Protector is going up in the south of Brazil and will be the third-largest statue of Jesus in the world once it's finished. 

Once it's completed the new statue will stand at 43 m (140 ft) and it will be taller than the famous Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, standing at 38 m (124.6 ft). 

A group called the Association of the Friends of Christ is organizing the project that is estimated to cost $350,000 (£255,000) and completely funded by donations from individuals and companies. 

Construction of the first Jesus statue, Christ the Redeemer, took nine years, from 1922 to 1931. People travel from around the world to see that statue. The new one located in Encantado will allow people to go up in a lift to a viewpoint at the chest of the statue. 

The tallest Jesus statue in the world is called Jesus Buntu Burake and it's located in Sulawesi, Indonesia, standing at 52.55m tall. The second tallest statue is called Christ the King and is in Swiebodzin, Poland, which is 52.5m high including its mound.

Construction began in 2019 for Christ the Protector and builders are hoping to have it finished before the end of 2021. 

The idea for this new statue came from local politician and mayor Adroaldo Conzatti, who passed away in March from the novel coronavirus.