Christ the Redeemer is a statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil . It is now a part of the New Seven Wonders of the World . The statue is considered the second largest Art Deco statue in the world with a height of 39.6 meters (130 ft) including its 9.5 meter (31 feet) pedestal, and 30 meters (98 ft) wide.It weighs 635 tones (700 short tons), and is located at the peak of the 700-metre (2,300 ft) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city As a symbol of Christianity, it has become an important icon of Brazil, with Jesus Christ appearing to open his arms wide to embrace the entire city below.
It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone, and was constructed between 1922 and 1931.
The statue was struck by lightning during a violent electrical storm on February 10, 2008 and suffered some damage on the fingers, head and eyebrows. A restoration effort was put in place by the Rio de Janeiro state government and archdiocese, to replace some of the outer soapstone layers and repair the lightning rods installed on the statue.
Local engineer Heitor da Silva Costa designed the statue. It was sculpted by French sculptor Paul Landowski. A group of engineers and technicians studied Landowski’s submissions and the decision was made to build the structure out of reinforced concrete . The outer layers are soapstone, chosen for its enduring qualities and ease of use. Construction took nine years, from 1922 to 1931 and cost the equivalent of US$250,000 (approximately US$3.5 million in 2010). The monument was opened on October 12, 1931.
Visiting Statue of Christ the Redeemer
Statue of Christ the Redeemer Brazil is certainly one of the world’s best known and most visited monuments. The statue of Christ the Redeemer represents Jesus standing with outstretched, welcoming arms and is one of the most famous symbols of this lively city.
From the statue, there are superb views of Sugar Loaf Mountain, downtown Rio de Janeiro and Rio’s beaches.
The statue provides peace and tranquility . Tourists all over the world are visiting it regarding their faith or believes but for the most of them Christ the Redeemer evokes true believe feelings . Once in Rio de Janeiro you could reach the top of the mountain where Christ awaits by taking a taxi but for a more picturesque route we advise you to purchase a ticket and take the train uphill.