National Geographic : 1922 Sep
Photograph from Armando Per6 THE CHRIST OF THE ANDES The old wagon-road over the Andes, in use before the completion of the Transandine Railway, is through the pass ofUspallata, more than 12,ooo feet above the sea. Here stands the statue of the Christ of the Andes, cast from the bronze cannon of the two sister republics ofthe far south, to keep peace for all time. The inscription under the statue reads: "Sooner shall these mountains crumble intodust than the people ofArgentina and Chile break the peace which they have sworn to maintain at the feet of Christ the Redeemer." The conception of this monument came from the hearts of two Argentinos, Sefiora Angela de Costa and Bishop Benavente. As President ofthe Christian Mothers' Association, Sefiora de Costa undertook to raise the funds for the erection of the statue.