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Asia's second Pieta now in continent's tallest church

Posted on Nov 25, 04:24PM | IANS

The second replica in Asia of Michaelangelo's Pieta, which represents the body of Jesus in the lap of his mother Mary after crucifixion, was consecrated and unveiled at the Shrine Basilica of the Lady of Dolours, here.

Pieta is regarded a masterpiece of Renaissance art.

The tallest portion of the Shrine Basilica of the Lady of Dolours at Thrissur stands 260 feet above the ground, making this the tallest church in Asia; it has a total plinth area of 25,000 square feet.

Andrews Thazhath, Archbishop of the archdiocese of Thrissur performed the blessing ceremony of the replica recently.

The statue is faithful to the original in detail and subtlety.

Seven skilled artisans of Jaipur worked five months to get the replica ready.

Caption: The replica of Michaelangelo's Pieta, installed at the Basilica of the Lady of Dolours Church, Thrissur, Kerala

The sculpture shows the nuanced folds of Mary's garments and the limp muscles in Jesus' body.

Built using Makrana white marble, this replica was created from one solid mass of a 10-tonne (10,000 kg) marble block.

The replica was commissioned by a donor who spent more than Rs.45 lakh. The donation was made as an offering, for blessings received from the Divine Mother.