Bolivia mining town erects huge statue of Virgin

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A nun takes pictures of a newly unveiled statue of the Virgin Mary holding a baby Jesus on Santa Barbara hill in the mining city of Oruro, Bolivia, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. The 45 meter (147 feet) statue that took four years to build, known in Spanish as "Virgen del Socavón," or the Virgin of the Tunnel, is Oruro's patron, venerated in particular by miners and folkloric Carnival dancers. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)ORURO, Bolivia (AP) — The Carnival celebrations in this Andean mining city already rival Brazil's Rio de Janeiro for color and culture, if not for size. Now Oruro has erected a huge statue of the Virgin Mary that's a little taller than Rio's famed Christ the Redeemer.

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