Christ the Redeemer

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

By Emma R.

Location

The Christ the Redeemer statue is located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on top of Corcavado Mountain. Corcavado Mountain is located in Tijuca Forest National Park.
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Description

The statue of Christ the Redeemer depicts Christ with his arms spread wide. Made out of soapstone and concrete, the statue is about 120 feet tall (including the pedestal at its base), 98 feet wide, and 635 tons. It is the second largest statue of Christ in the world, although certainly the most famous. You can reach the statue via stairs, escalator, or elevator. Christ the Redeemer is known worldwide for its breathtaking presence and beauty, but due to the 6 million tourists that visit every year, the admission lines can be very long and the area very crowded. Some say Christ the Redeemer is best viewed at night, when it is illuminated by floodlights and can be seen from all over Rio.

History

The idea for a statue of Christ in Rio originated in the 1850s, but was refused by Princess Isabel. However, the idea of the statue continued to circulate, and in 1921, the Catholic Circle of Rio started to collect donations for the statue and signatures of people who also supported the idea. Many design ideas were proposed, but a depiction of Christ with his arms spread wide was the overall agreement. The statue idea was approved by the country, and construction began in 1922. The statue was built just in time to honor Brazil's 100th anniversary of independence from Portugal. It was designed by Heitor da Silva Costa and sculpted by Paul Landowski. Construction was completed in 1931, at the cost of $250,000.


In 2006, a chapel was built at the base of the statue to commemorate the statue's 75th anniversary. It holds weddings, baptisms, and Sunday mass. The statue was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. It was renovated in 2010 and another renovation is scheduled for 2020.

Sacredness

The Christ the Redeemer statue is worshipped by Christians. It represents Christ's role as the redeemer of the world and shows that he will love and embrace all. The statue symbolizes welcome, faith, and acceptance. Many come to pray and worship Jesus Christ, seeking assistance in their lives. People of other religions visit the famous statue as well, if only to marvel at its beauty and presence.
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Interesting Facts

  • The Christ the Redeemer statue was struck by lighting, but received minimal damage due to the insulating properties of soapstone, its main component.
  • It was vandalized in 2010.
  • The soapstone used to build the statue is from a quarry in Sweden.
  • All costs for the statue were covered by money donated by locals.
  • The statue is featured in many movies and video games.
  • Christ the Redeemer is known as "Cristo Redentor" in Brazil.

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