Christ the Redeemer is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It lies high on the Corcovado Mountain overlooking Rio with his arms outstretched in benediction. It was completed in 1931 and stands about 130 ft (39 m) tall and the arms measure 98 ft (30 m) across. It has become a symbol of the city and of the warmth of the Brazilian people, who receive visitors with open arms. The statue is the largest Art Deco-style sculpture in the world. It is one of the world’s best known monuments and was built as a symbol of Brazilian Christianity. In 1850, the idea of building a religious monument was first suggested by a Catholic Priest. It was designed by Brazilian Heitor da Silva Costa and created by French sculptor Paul Landowski. It wasn’t until 1920 when a group petitioned for support to build a landmark statue that it became a reality. The design was chosen from several ideas and construction began in the 1920s, taking nine years to finish. It was completed and inaugurated in 1931.
SOME AMAZING FACTS ABOUT CHRIST-THE REDEEMER:
- It is located in the Tijuca Forest National Forest.
- The statue weighs approximately 635 tones.
- The statue is considered an icon of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil.
- Christ the Redeemer is the 5th largest statue of Jesus.
- The materials used to build Christ the Redeemer were reinforced in a physical form and soapstone.
- The money to build Christ the Redeemer came from Brazil’s Catholic community.
- The chosen statue is meant to show that Christ loves all and will embrace all that come to him by statue’s open arms.
- The statue was officially opened on October 12, 1931.
- It was impossible to construct the statue in a single step so it was first constructed in pieces and then was carried to the top of the moutain and set upright.
- The statue is build from the stones which were brought by Sweden.
- The idea that how the statue should look like was chosen from several designs like one was a depiction of the Christian cross. Another was a statue of Jesus holding a globe, while standing over a pedestal that was to symbolize the world.
- Once this statue was alsi deliberately destroyed by a housepainter who sprayed head and right arm with graffiti but later the culprit was identified.
- Its restoration work was conducted through an agreement among several organizations.
- The statue was struck by lightning during a violent thunderstorm on February 10, 2008, and suffered some damage to the fingers, head and eyebrows.
At night the statue is lit up and seemingly hovers over the city as the mountain it stands on is dark. If it is cloudy the clouds light up and the effect can be quite spectacular and extremely delicate.
To reach the statue people take the cog train to the top of mountain. This train enables us to experience some spectacular views if you sit on the right hand side.
Taxis can also help us in a great way to visit the statue and if there is more than one of us it should be easy to obtain or bring about the fee, for a return trip and waiting time. Taxi would also work out much cheaper than the cog train.
Collected And Prepared By Mehak Iqbal