Developers have stated that their hope is to turn the area into a thriving tourist destination.
The world's biggest statue of Jesus is coming to one of the most dangerous parts of Mexico.
Eduardo Verastegui, a prominent Mexican Catholic actor and pro-life advocate, plans to build the statue called "Christ of Peace" at a towering 252 feet, nearly twice the size of Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer, which stands at 125 feet in Brazil. The current record holder is Christ the King statue in Poland, which is 172 feet high.
The new statue of Jesus, designed by Mexican architect Fernando Romero, will depict Christ with outstretched arms as if offering a hug to His people, Mexico News Daily reported.
Promoters say it will show "a message of faith, love, hope, and peace" to Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas, a state that borders Texas along the U.S.-Mexico border. The state has recently been rocked by violent confrontations between security forces and drug dealers, but Verastegui said the purpose of the project is to leave a legacy of peace in the region.