Pakistan’s Biggest City Has Unlikely Addition to Skyline: 14-story Christian Cross
Amanda CasanovaReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2015 May 15
A Pakistani businessman says God told him to build one of the largest crosses in Pakistan.
“I said, ‘I am going to build a big cross, higher than any in the world, in a Muslim country,’ ” said Parvez Henry Gill, 58. “It will be a symbol of God, and everybody who sees this will be worry free.”
Four years ago, Gill dreamed that God told him to find a way to help protect Christians in Pakistan. God told him to “do something different.”
Today, the 14-story cross (140 feet tall) is almost finished. It’s being built at the entrance to a large Christian cemetery.
“I want Christian people to see it and decide to stay here,” said Gill, who started the project about a year ago.
Other large crosses around the world include “The Great Cross” in St. Augustine, Fla. the tallest in the world at 208 feet. Gill says his cross is the largest in Asia.
Gill said about 20 Muslim workers have quit in protest over building the cross. Over all, both Muslims and Christians have worked together to build it.
“Tons and tons of steel, iron and cement,” he said. “If anyone tries to hit this cross, they will not succeed.”
In Pakistan, Muslims make up about 90 percent of the population, while Christian account for just 1.5 percent of Pakistan’s 180 million people.