Christ the Redeemer

By: Stephanie .S

What is Christ the Redeemer?

Christ the Redeemer is a statue in Brazil atop of mount Corcovado in the capital city of Rio de janieo. The statue was built to show that Jesus loves all and is a symbol of love and kindness. Brazilians welcome all people to to view their beautiful statue.
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The Back Story

Christ the Redeemer did not just appear on the mountain one day, there was lot of planning and preparation involved. The idea for the statue came about in 1850 as people wanted to create some type of religious statue. It was not in till 1921 that they decided to start raising money for the statue. They decided to have a "Monument week" where donations were collected to raise money for the statue. After a lot of discussions, the final decision was to made to create a statue of Jesus with open arm, meaning that he loved every living creature. Finally on the 22 second of April 1922, the base for the statue was laid and construction began.
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Construction

The base of the statue was laid on the top of the mountain on April 4, 1922 this was a big staple piece in the statues history. Construction of the statue officially began in 1926, four years after the base was laid. Construction was finished on Oct 12, 1931 after five years of hard work.

Made out of/aperants

Just as important, maybe even more important than construction, is what the statue is made out of. The statue is made out of a type of material named Soapstone. Soapstone was chosen for the statue due to its weather resistant ability. Due to the Soapstone it has made the statue hold the test of time.After the statue was finished, it was a beautiful sight. It stood 98 feet tall and has a arm span of 92. Not to mention the 28 foot concrete base the statue stands on.
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What Religons come to see Christ the Redeemer?

Most of the population that comes to visit the wonderful statue belong to the religion Christianity. While the statue is a big tourist attraction, it is most sacred to Catholics and Christians because the statue is of Jesus, who is a important part to there religion. All are welcomed to the monument, including all religions, as Jesus is welcoming all with open arms, just like the statue.
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Why is Christ the Redeemer so important?

Christ the Redeemer is important to the Brazilian people, due to the powerful message it brings. The statue expresses love for all. This belief is share with most of the Brazilian population. So creating a statue to express the belief, was not only to show others that Jesus loves all but to remind the Brazilian people of the message.
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Interesting facts

  • Largest statue created for art purposes
  • the statue weighs 635 tones
  • The statue is the 5th largest statue of Jesus
  • is one of the seven wonders of the world
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Citations

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