Massive cross in place at downtown Dallas church

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Posted on September 30, 2012 at 11:02 PM

DALLAS — There's a striking new landmark that will eventually light up downtown Dallas.

First Baptist Dallas raised a giant new cross today at the center of its expanded downtown campus.

It is 66-feet high and has over 120 lights (although it isn't lit up just yet).

So just how large is the new cross?

It's as tall as the giraffe statue greeting visitors at the Dallas Zoo, and roughly as tall as the statue of Sam Houston in Huntsville... or even the Great Sphinx in Egypt.

First Baptist's Senior Pastor Robert Jeffress said while the cross is large, it serves an important purpose.

"As a thousand people drive by here every day, they'll be able to see without a doubt it's not a convention center... it's not an entertainment center... this is a church that represents our Lord and savior Jesus Christ," he said.

The cross will be surrounded by a fountain as part of an $11 million makeover of First Baptist downtown campus.

A new worship center is part of the expansion, and it's scheduled to open on Easter Sunday next year.

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