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Italian Sea Guardian: Christ of the Abyss turns 60

January 14, 2014. The waters in north central coast of the Mediterranean are famous for its spectacular beaches along the Italian and French Rivieras. But underneath the famed waters, near the city of Genoa, lies a bronze statue of Jesus Christ.

It's called the Christ of the Abyss, and lies approximately 50 feet underwater. An Italian artist crafted the eight-foot statue 60 years ago to commemorate the death of Italy's first scuba diver.

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The Christ of the Abyss is depicted with both arms up towards the sky, and the surface, in prayer. The original, was made of clay, but after passing boats damaged it, a bronze replica replaced it. ;

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Today, the Christ statue lies within a protected marine park. But it remains accessible to people, looking for an adventure under the sea.

There are two other replicas of the Christ of the Abyss across the world. One of the coast of Granada, in the Caribbean, and a third off the Florida coast.

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RCA Sopraesottoilmare JM -PR Up: KLH