The Italian Riviera boasts a breathtaking natural beauty that has captured the hearts of tourists for centuries.
Measuring over 2.5 meters (8.5 feet) tall and weighing approximately 260 kilograms (573 pounds), the statue portrays Christ with outstretched arms as if to offer both an embrace and a benediction. The Christ of the Abyss is anchored to the seabed with a concrete base, ensuring it remains firmly in place. The statue’s face gazes upwards toward the heavens, and its serene expression adds an ethereal quality to the underwater scene.
To reach the Christ of the Abyss, divers must venture into the waters of the protected Marine Area of Portofino. This nature reserve, established in 1999, ensures the preservation and protection of the delicate marine ecosystem.
The statue has become a site of pilgrimage not only for divers but also for the faithful who seek a unique spiritual experience. Every year, on the last Sunday of July, a maritime procession is held, where a group of boats sails from the nearby village of Camogli to San Fruttuoso. Divers then descend to the statue and place a laurel wreath on its head in a ceremonial tribute. This celebration is known as “La Festa del Cristo degli Abissi,” and it commemorates the bond between the local community and the underwater world.
The Christ of the Abyss stands as a silent guardian of the depths, a symbol of hope, and a testament to the power of human resilience.