Christ the Redeemer
By: Dane Walker
A 'Striking' Monument
The City of Rio
Christ the Redeemer overlooking Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The face was created by Romanian sculptor, Gheorghe Leonida
Lightning striking Christ the Redeemer
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."
Tall & Heavy
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.
Pope John Paul II
The visit of Pope John Paul II in 1980
Added in 2003, the escalators provided ease for visitors
Glow in the Dark!
A picture of Christ the Redeemer glowing at night
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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