Christ the Redeemer Statue overlooks Rio de Janeiro
Christ the Redeemer Statue overlooks Rio de Janeiro
 
 
The building of the statue
The building of the statue
 
 
Close-up of the head of the statue
Close-up of the head of the statue
 
 
Looking up at the statue from its base
Looking up at the statue from its base
 
 
High above Rio de Janeiro
High above Rio de Janeiro
 
Christ the Redeemer Statue
Topic(s):   Landmarks, Wonders of the World
Quick Facts
Location Rio de Janeiro
Country Brazil
Year(s) built 1926 to 1931
Designed by Heitor da Silva Costa, designer and engineer; Paul Landowski, sculptor
Purpose religious statue

Christ the Redeemer statue stands high above the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is atop a mountain named Corcovado. The mountain is 2,309 feet (over 700 meters) high. Visitors can reach the site by car, taxi, or train.

To build the statue, trains hauled pieces up the mountain. It was completed in 1931. Christ the Redeemer statue stands 125 feet (39 meters) high. It weighs 1145 tons (over 1,000,000 kilograms). The statue’s face is peaceful. Its arms are spread wide. They are 98 feet (30 meters) across. The statue can be seen from every part of the city. It is well lit at night.

The Catholic Church owns the statue. The church built a chapel at its base. It is used for weddings and baptisms. Visitors can see the entire city and its beaches from the base of the statue. It is a popular place. More than two million (2,000,000) people visit each year.

Resource information

Runge, Jonathan and Sam Logan. Rum Reggae’s Rio de Janeiro. Boston: Rum and Reggae Guidebooks, Inc., 2008.

St. Louis, Regis. Brazil. Oakland, CA: Lonely Planet Publications, 2008.

http://www.braziltravelvacation.com/christ-redeemer.html accessed February 13, 2010.

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