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Christ of the Abyss

Christ of the Abyss

Christ of the Abyss in Key Largo

Christ of the Abyss is a submerged bronze sculpture of Jesus Christ that stands in 25 feet of water off of Key Largo, Florida. It is located near Dry Rocks, about six miles east-northeast of the Key Largo Cut, in the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. The statue stands nearly nine feet in height and is supported on a six foot concrete base, making the tip of the statue ony 7-10 feet beneath the surface depending on high or low tide.  The statue depicts Christ in a pose offering a blessing of peace with hands and head raised towards the surface.

It is a copy of “Il Cristo degli Abssi,” located in the Mediterranean Sea near Genoa, Italy.  The original statue was cast by artist Guido Galletti.   It was placed off the shores of Genoa in 1954 to commemorate sailors that lost their lives at sea.

A second bronze sculpture cast from the same mould exists off the coast of St. George’s, Grenada. This was a gift of the navy of Genoa for assistance in rescuing the crew of Italian vessel Bianca C destroyed by fire in the port of St. George’s. The sculpture was placed under water on October 22, 1961.

In 1961 Italian SCUBA entrepreneur Egidi Cressi commissioned the third casting from the original mold, and donated it to the Underwater Society of America. The statue was placed in John Pennekamp Coral Reef Park on August 25, 1965.

Today, Christ of the Abyss is one of the most famous and popular underwater sites in the Florida Keys and definitely something to see while vacationing in the Key Largo.