|Split viewed from Marjan peninsula, where the city's mayor plans|
to erect a 129-foot statue of Christ
As with the Lima statue, Kerum's plans for Split are meeting some opposition, with 4,000 people joining a Facebook group against the erection of the statue. Some object to the financial costs inherent in the construction of enormous representations of religious figures, while others appear to think the initiative is just plain unnecessary. Having visited Split and the Marjan peninsula myself a couple of years ago, I can concur – the area is beautiful enough as it is, and in my view wouldn't benefit greatly from a gargantuan Messiah. And lest that should sound like godless humbug, I'll hand the last word to Marko Gundic, a poster on the Facebook group who simply stated: "If I want to see the statue of Jesus I will go to a church and pray to Him."
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