Christ the Redeemer

Ella W.


Christ the Redeemer is a large statue located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It stands on Corcovado Peak, looking over all of southern Rio de Janeiro. The coordinates are 23 degrees south and 43 degrees west. Below there is a picture of a map that shows where Christ the Redeemer is located at different perspectives.


Christ the Redeemer's arms are spread wide as a welcoming gesture. He stands 120 feet tall including the pedestal, his wing span ninety two feet wide. His right hand points south, while his left points north. He weighs roughly 635 tons. He is made of concrete and soapstone. There is a small chapel at the bottom of the pedestal called the Chapel of Nossa Senhora Aparecida. He is surrounded by a tropical forest called Tijuca National Forest. Inside the forest there are beautiful waterfalls and butterflies. Standing on Corcovado Peak 2,000 feet high you can see the famous beaches at Copacabana and Ipanema. You can also see a blue lagoon called Rodrigo de Freitas.

Big image

A view from the back of Christ the Redeemer


In the 1850s a Christian priest came up with the idea to build a statue of Christ, so the priest asked for funds from Princess Isabel. She wouldn't give him any, so around 1921 the Catholic Circle of Rio started to collect signatures and donations for a private funding for a Christian monument. The local engineer Heitor da Silva Costa and the priest came up with many different designs at first. They juggled many ideas around and decided to have Christ's arms spread wide open to symbolize welcoming of all people. The sculptor was Paul Landowski, a Frenchman. The construction began in 1922.

After nine years and $250,000 the statue was finished. On October 12, 1931 the statue was open to the public. In 2006 for the seventy fifth anniversary of the statue, they added a chapel at the bottom of the statue. The chapel was dedicated to the patron saint of Brazil (Nossa Senhora Aparecida). Tracks for the cogwheel steam engines to carry people up the hill were put in around 1885, a little after the idea of the statue came.


  • This statue is important to Christians and the people of Brazil (Brazilians). It is important to Christians because it is Christ. It is symbolic because Christ is the man who welcomes everyone who comes to him and decides they want to believe in his religion. It shows how welcoming the Christian religion is. It is sacred to Brazilians because the statue was built for the 100th anniversary of their independence from Portugal. It also represents Brazil's main religion.
  • Interesting Facts

  • In 2007 Christ the Redeemer became one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer have been in a competition for the emblem of the City of the Cariocas for many years. In 2008 the statue was struck by lightning several times. Luckily, the statue is made partially of soapstone and has lightning poles on its head and both hands. In 2010 the statue was vandalized by a house painter. When they were building the statue they made it in many pieces, so they could bring it up the mountain easily and put it together at the top. They used the cogwheel steam engines for transportation. In Portuguese it called Cristo Redentor.
  • Works Cited

    Adim. “Cristo Redentor Statue, ‘ The Tallest Kind of its kind in the World.’” Cristo Redentor. WordPress and WooThemes, 3 Nov. 2015. Web. 5 Feb. 2016. <>.

    Aficionado, Avian. “Christ-redeemer-brazil.” Wikia. N.p., 28 June 2015. Web. 12 Feb. 2016. <>.

    “Christ the Redeemer Facts.” Soft Schools. N.p., 2005-2016. Web. 3 Feb. 2016. <>.

    “Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro.” Sacred Destinations. Sacred Destinations, 2005-2016. Web. 2 Feb. 2016. <>.

    “Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.” Monsters & Critics. N.p., 26 Mar. 2015. Web. 12 Feb. 2016. <>.

    Christ the Redeemer struck by lightning. Daily News. NYDailyNews, 17 Jan. 2014. Web. 12 Feb. 2016. <>.

    Dunn, Jerry Camarillo, Jr. “Christ the Redeemer Statue.” How Stuff Works. HowStuffWorks, 1998-2016. Web. 2 Feb. 2016. <>.

    “Heitor da Silva Costa.” BlogSpot. N.p., 10 June 2014. Web. 12 Feb. 2016. <>.

    Hillman, Howard. “Location in Brazil.” Wonders of Brazil. N.p., 6 Jan. 2016. Web. 12 Feb. 2016. <>.

    Jones, Hannah. “Map of Christ the Redeemer.” Google Plus. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2016. <>.

    Pacheco, Insley. “Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil, c.1887.” Wikipedia. N.p., Feb. 2011. Web. 12 Feb. 2016.

    “Paul Landowski.” Blog Spot. N.p., 10 June 2014. Web. 12 Feb. 2016. <>.

    Purio. “Map-of-Christ-the-Redeemer.” Wikia. N.p., 17 Oct. 2013. Web. 10 Feb. 2016. <>.

    Wright, Chris. Christ the Redeemer vandalism. Who Ate All the Pies. N.p., 13 June 2012. Web. 12 Feb. 2016. <>.