When it came to Tourism Brazil never left behind. Brazil is having so many tourism sites where people across the world used to go for their vacations. And one the most visited location is Christ the Redeemer (Portuguese: Cristo Redentor). It is an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ that is situated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Now a day’s statue has become the first face for Rio de Janeiro and also for the Brazil. This statue of Jesus feels like with opening arms are making welcome to the visitors who used to visit this statue.
The Christ the Redeemer was listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.
When there is a clear day it is a great view of the statue. It is also an amazing feeling to see the statue in the night.
On the day of Our Lady of Aparecida (12th of October 1931) the Christ the Redeemer statue was inaugurated by the President of Brazil, Getulio Vargas and Cardinal Dom Sebastiao Leme.
After this statue several other countries tries to replicate like the Vietnam. They have made the Christ the King, of Vũng Tàu. Another one is the Christ the Redeemer of the Andes.
Architecture and Design
This was shaped by Paul Landowski a French sculptor. It was built by the Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, in group effort with the French engineer Albert Caquot. Its height is 30 meters (98 ft) with 8 meter (26 ft) pedestal. The arms are 28 meters (92 ft) long. The total weight of the statue is 635 metric tons. The statue is positioned in an amazing way overlooking the city at the peak of the 700-metre (2,300 ft) Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park. There is a difference of 28 meters in between the arms from one fingertip to other.
It was built from the reinforced concrete and soapstone. The construction started in the year 1922 and the final statue was completed in the year 1931. Romanian sculptor Gheorghe Leonida designed the face of the statue.
The construction for this statue was completed in nine years. It’s cost approximately US$250,000. This statue was opened on October 12, 1931.
Story behind Christ the Redeemer
The idea for creating such a statue was initially started in the mid 1850s, when one of the Vincentian priest Pedro Maria Boss suggest building such a statue to honor the Princess Isabel. Isabel was the daughter of Emperor Pedro II. But due to some reasons the project was not approved.
After that in 1920 the Catholic Circle of the city Rio again proposed this idea. They organized an event named as “Semana do Monumento” which means that “Monument Week”. And on this occasion they collect the donations and approvals from the people. It symbolizes as a sign of peace.
Yearly Restoration Process
Since the time built it was gone for periodic repairs and renovations, and there was a complete cleaning of the statue was made in the year 1980. Around USD 150,000 is spent every year on restoration of the statue.
Some of the restoration work was done in the year 2003, walkways for various works to make easy access to the platform. And in this renovation elevators have been built so that the visitors can easily access the sculpture without going up the 220 steps.
There was a damage done by the lightening to statue on the 10th of the February 2008. It damages the fingers, eyebrows and some part of head. After this damage the complete restoration was done by the Rio de Janeiro state Government.
A huge level of restoration work was done in the year 2010. In this restoration work the complete statue was washed some part of the soapstone that covers the statue was replaced and the iron part was completely replaced. And now there is no problem with the rain water because the statue is now completely water proof. More than one hundred people were used for the restoration work and used more than 60,000 pieces of stone were used.
Again on 17th of January 2014, there was some damage by the lightening on the right hand of the statue.
You can also visit
You will have a plenty of fun there.
- Corcovado Mountain
- Guanabara Bay
- Copacabana Beach
- Ipanema Beach
- Tijuca Jungle.
- Designer/Artist: Paul Landowski, Heitor da Silva Costa
- Address: Parque Nacional da Tijuca – Alto da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, Brazil
- Construction years: 1922-1931
- Location: Rio de Janeiro
- Country: Brazil
- Height: 38 m
- Opening Hours: Daily
- Admission: Train ticket: R$36 (Trains leave every half an hour 8:30am – 7pm)
Whenever any movie shoot in Brazil then it is obvious to showcase the Christ the Redeemer statue. You can see the movies like “2012″, “FastFive”, “Rio”, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1″ etc. where the statue becomes the iconic face of the Brazil.