Christ the Redeemer

By: Dane Walker

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A 'Striking' Monument

Many times Christ the Redeemer has been struck by lightning, but it has managed to still stand tall to this day. Once, February 10, 2008, it was struck by lightning and caused damage to the fingers, head, and eyebrows which would be later fixed. Again, on January 17, 2014, it was struck and “a finger on the right hand was dislodged,” according to wikipedia.org. Christ the Redeemer is as glorious as it is said to be because people get to appreciate more than the statue itself, but the work that was put into constructing it. It is also massive and has gained a lot of acknowledgement around the globe.

Building the Monument

Before all the fame and recognition, construction had to be done, and it was not short nor easy. The long process began in 1922, and it wasn't as simple as building a structure bottom to top in one place. Pieces were built at ground level and brought up one by one to “the summit of Mount Corcovado,” as an article on britannica.com says. Construction ended and Christ the Redeemer finally stood in 1931. Money to build the giant structure came from the Catholic community all around Brazil, and the cost, as softschools.com states, "in 1931 was approximately $250,000 US. Today that would roughly be the equivalent of $3.2 million US."


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Tall & Heavy

After the fact, Christ the Redeemer became known as quite a big structure. The material it is made out of is soapstone, which came from Sweden. As it reads on wikipedia.org, "The statue is 30 metres (98 ft) tall, not including its 8-metre (26 ft) pedestal, and its arms stretch 28 metres (92 ft) wide. The statue weighs 635 metric tons (625 long, 700 short tons)." The right arm of this piece of art points to southern Rio, while the left arm points to the northern part. Consequently, it is the 5th largest statue of Jesus in the world.
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Almost A Celebrity!

Christ the Redeemer has gained some impressive achievements and innovations over time. Britannica.com tells us, "Over the years it has undergone periodic repairs and renovations, including a thorough cleaning in 1980, in preparation for the visit of Pope John Paul II to Brazil that year, and a major project in 2010, when the surface was repaired and refurbished." Come 2003, they decided to add a new perspective to the already astonishing statue. They built in escalators, elevators, and walkways to allow access to the platforms surrounding the structure. Probably the most notable award of all, softschools.com writes, "This statue became one of the New Seven Wonders of the World on July 7th, 2007." When all's said and done, the statue is clearly very famous.


Christ the Redeemer truly does stand in a puddle of glory. People don't know how much they should appreciate it until they know more about it, more about how hard it was to construct. The gigantic statue has lots of fame, probably because of this appreciation. Though the statue is very striking, the world hopes it won't be struck again by Ben Franklin's old friend!

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