Christ of the Abyss is no doubt, the most popular underwater site in the Florida Keys

The Christ Statue is a replica of the Christ of the Abyss Statue that sits in the Mediterranean Sea in 50' of water off the coast of Genoa, Italy. It’s the first statue made from this mold. The second one was cast in 1954. It stands in St. George Harbor in Grenada in memory of the rescue of the Bianca C, an Italian liner that burned and sank just outside the harbor. The third one stands in 25' of water in the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park off Key Largo in the upper Florida Keys. It’s a 9 foot tall bronze statue weighing 4,000 pounds. It sits in a sand clearing facing a huge brain coral. The GPS Coordinates are 25'07.450N and 080'17.800 W.

It was originally made for an Italian industrialist and dive equipment manufacturer. The statue was donated to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in 1966 by the Cressi family. It was donated to celebrate the creation of the first underwater park in the United States.

This is a must see dive. It’s one of the most popular underwater sites on planet earth. Many couples choose to take the plunge and get married at this site, as many as 200 weddings a year are preformed underwater here. It’s in shallow water so it’s easily accessible to both snorkelers and scuba divers. Be warned this dive site usually has lots of divers in the water at the same time. This is just one of the many spectacular dive sites in the Florida Keys.

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