Unusual Dive Sites: Christ Of The Abyss

Christ of the Abyss Key Largo

The approximate nine foot bronze sculpture symbolizes peace of mankind from its unusual setting – beneath the ocean at Key Largo Dry Rocks off John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.

Professor Guido Galletti cast the original from the inspiration of Italian swimmer/diver Duilo Merchant who wanted a symbol to inspire all who explored and loved the sea in 1954. In 1961, the second casting from the original Galletti mold was placed in St. George’s Harbor in Grenada to commemorate those saved from the Italian ship Bianca C. which caught fire and sank in the harbor.

The third casting was commissioned by Italian dive equipment manufacturer, Egidio Cressi, and donated to The Underwater Society of America.

Wiki About Christ Of The Abyss

Christ of the Abyss Key Largo

Christ of the Abyss Key Largo

Christ of the Abyss (Italian: Il Cristo degli Abissi) is a submerged bronze statue of Jesus Christ, the original of which is located in the Mediterranean Sea, off San Fruttuoso, between Camogli and Portofino on the Italian Riviera.

Various other casts of the statue are located in other places worldwide, both underwater and in churches and museums.

A third bronze statue, from the original mold, was presented to the Underwater Society of America in New York in 1962. On August 25, 1965, it was placed approximately in 25 feet of water off the coast of Key Largo, Florida, near Dry Rocks, approximately six miles east of Key Largo in the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. The statue weighs around 260 kg, and the concrete base to which it is attached weighs approximately 9 tons. Full Wiki article

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