The Cosmoplanetary Messiah

Between the towns on Castellane and St. André in france, you can find an odd compound with statues that stand tall. There's one of Buddha at 72 feet and one of Jesus at 69 feet. But the tallest statue, called the Cosmoplanetary Messiah, is no longer there.

The messiah in question was Gilbert Bourdin who in 1969 founded the Aumism religion (considered by some to be a cult), which collages together the highlights of the world's religions. The walled city of Mandarom in France is the headquarters of Aumism, and there among the mosque, temple, and other clustered shrines of worship, the giant statue of Bourdin loomed until 2001. Unfortunately for the staggering statue, its builders hadn't acquired the appropriate permits, and after years of court battles it was ruled illegal.

Find out what happened to Bourdin, and his statue, at Atlas Obscura. Link

(Image credit: Arras France Tourism Guide)

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