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    Workers prepare to install a 40-foot-tall statue of Jesus on Mount Sednaya, Syria, earlier this month, in the midst of a civil war rife with sectarianism. Courtesy Samir El-Gadban, St. Paul’s and St. George’s Foundation

Posted: Saturday, November 2, 2013 10:00 pm | Updated: 12:28 am, Sun Nov 3, 2013.

BEIRUT — In the midst of a conflict rife with sectarianism, a giant bronze statue of Jesus has gone up on a Syrian mountain, apparently under cover of a truce among three factions in the country’s civil war.

Jesus stands, arms outstretched, on the Cherubim mountain, overlooking a route pilgrims took from Constantinople to Jerusalem in ancient times. The statue is 40 feet tall and stands on a base that brings its height to 105 feet, organizers of the project estimate.

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