Tourist Attraction in Tegucigalpa: El Cristo del Picacho
The Christ of "El Picacho" is a monument that is imposed on El Picacho hill in the northern tip of Tegucigalpa, capital of Honduras at an altitude of 1,327 meters above sea level. In 1997, during the preparations for the celebration of the Jubilee of the year 2000, Monsignor Oscar Andrés Rodríguez dedicated the commemoration to the Lord Jesus Christ, it is at that moment, in which he raised his desire to build a monument in a solemn way. In order to achieve its objective, a commission is organized by the Licentiate Armida de López Contreras and complemented by key members of the Honduran society, who after long deliberations and consultations and with the permission of Monsignor Rodríguez, agree to build an image of Christ in great dimension At first and after a thorough analysis since the work had to start quickly, two places were chosen, the first at the highest point of El Picacho Hill, the most prominent and representative natural accident of the Capital of Honduras, from where the city can be observed in all its splendor, however an inconvenience was found since the space was totally occupied by important installations of the distribution of drinking water of the city. It was also thought about the possibility of locating it embedded in another important hill that closes like a screen the South of the Capital, "El Berrinche", that nevertheless was discarded since its projection would be limited to the sector of the historical helmet and near an area of risk that later yielded to the passage of hurricane Mitch, of fausto reminder. Therefore, it was decided to resume, although at a lower altitude, some 30 meters below, and 300 meters away from the highest point of the Picacho, a special place in the strip that occupies the United Nations Park and that borders the gorges of the same hill. Precisely the point was chosen that occupied an old sundial (built in the forties, which recalled an ancient Mayan symbol) that at that time served as a viewpoint, with the approval of Monsignor Oscar Andrés Rodríguez. The artist Mario Zamora, resident in Mexico, was hired, and three sketches were requested, which he presented to Monsignor Rodríguez at the time and the image of the Resurrected Jesus was chosen.