John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is located just 90 minutes south of Miami ...in Key Largo, Florida. It was the first undersea preserve in the United States and just celebrated it's 50th birthday.
One of the most distinctive features is the Christ of the Abyss, which is an 8 1/2 foot tall, four thousand pound bronze sculpture of Jesus Christ located 25 feet underwater.
|Photo from Florida Travel & Life Magazine|
The statue is one of three cast from a mold by an Italian sculptor and was donated to the Park in 1966. The original " Il Christo Degli Abissi" was placed in the Mediterranean Sea in Genoa, Italy in 1954.
This second statue, "Christ of the Deep" was cast from the same mold and was donated by The Cressi Family of Italy to the Underwater Society of America, who in turned donated to the Florida Park Service in recognition of opening the first underwater park in the country.
This is one of the most visited underwater sites in the world....and is easy and accessible to both divers and snorkelers.
Isn't this spectacular?