CHRIST THE REDEEMER STATUE
by Rafael Lima
History of Christ the Redeemer
In 1859, Father Pedro Maria Boss visited Brazil and suggested that a religious monument be built atop of the Corcovado Mountain. Princess Isabel was the first one to support the suggestion, but it only started to become a reality in 1912.
This idea came back to life in 1921, when they celebrated 100 years Brazil's Independence.
Corcovado Mountain was picked as the place to build Christ the Redeemer, as it was the highest point in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's former capital.
In 1922, a petition with 20 thousand signatures was sent to the president asking to build the statue. The president said yes, so project and construction began.
In August, 12 1931, Christ the Redeemer was finally done. Unfortunately, the bad weather didn't help much and the view from the top was not as spectacular as it is on a clear day.
Why is it important?
- It is one of the 7 wonders of the "new world", since 2007.
- As Brazil is a very religious Country, people believe that it blesses the whole city.
Come visit one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World!
- It is located atop of Corcovado Mountain, 2,000 feet above sea level. It is 30 meters (98 ft) tall and its arms stretch 28 meters (92 ft) wide, and it weighs about 700 tons. It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone.
- When you visit Christ the Redeemer, you need to take a train ride that lasts about 20 minutes and has incredible views.
- In 2014, lighting from a thunderstorm hit the statue's finger.