ON AUGUST 25, 1965, A nine-foot-tall bronze statue of Christ was lowered into 25 feet of water off the coast of Key Largo Florida. Known as the Christ of the Abyss, this submerged statue in John Pennekamp State Park was actually the third of its kind cast from the original Italian mold.
Lake Michigan is home to the only underwater crucifix in freshwater on record. The 11-foot statue, onto which a 5-foot-5-inch figure of Jesus Christ is attached, is located about 260 yards from the shore of the town of Petoskey, in Northern Michigan.
Christ of the Abyss is a submerged bronze statue of Jesus Christ by Guido Galletti. The original bronze statue was placed in the Mediterranean Sea on 22 August 1954, at approximately 17 metres depth, and stands 2.5 metres tall. It was based on an idea of Italian diving instructor (Duilio Marcante) The statue was placed near the spot where Dario Gonzatti, the first Italian to use SCUBA gear died in 1947. It depicts Christ offering a benediction of peace, with his head and hands raised skyward. The statue was subsequently dedicated to the memory of Marcante.
Another Christ of the Abyss Statue in Italy.