Christ the Redeemer, or Cristo Redentor in Portuguese, is a larger-than-life statue of Jesus Christ with his arms outstretched, a symbol of peace that stands almost 40 meters high. The statue is perched above Rio de Janeiro, on the 700-meter high Corcovado mountain. It offers spectacular views of downtown Rio de Janeiro, the bay, Sugarloaf Mountain, Copacabana beach, and Ipanema Beach.
The statue of Jesus with his open arms seems to welcome the visitors. The space between his arms from fingertip to fingertip is 28 meters. There is a small chapel located in the base of the statue. The chapel has the capacity to accommodate around 150 people.
The Christ the Redeemer statue was inaugurated on the day of Our Lady of Aparecida, October 12, 1931, by then President of Brazil, Getulio Vargas and Cardinal Dom Sebastiao Leme.
The Brazilian architect and the engineer in charge of the construction, named Heitor da Silva Costa is accredited for the original design of the monument. The French sculptor Paul Landowski helped him in building the statue. Made of concrete and soapstone, the statue has required major maintenance after being struck by lightning and being defaced in recent history. As part of renovations to the site, elevators have been built so visitors can access the statue without climbing up the 220 steps.
Several replicas of the statue have been built. The most prominent ones include the Christ the King, of Vũng Tàu in Vietnam and the Christ the Redeemer of the Andes.
Activities near the Christ the Redeemer Statue
Besides hiking, you may enjoy hang gliding over the wonderful city of Rio. Fly like a bird over the scenic beaches encircled by Atlantic Rainforest. The Tijuca National Forest is the place where you can book for hang gliding as most of the tours begin from the Pedra Bonita hang gliding ramp at São Conrado.
Christ the Redeemer Vandalism: An issue of concern
Vandals cover various parts of the statue with spray-painted graffiti. The Mayor has reported that around USD 150,000 is spent on the annual cleaning of the statue.
Christ the Redeemer in movies
The popularity of Christ the Redeemer statue can be seen in its filming in various movies such as “2012″, “FastFive”, “Rio”, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1″, and “OSS 117 – Lost in Rio”.
Christ the Redeemer in News
- According to media reports dated September 10, 2014 the statue of Christ the Redeemer was flooded in blue light, to mark the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Teary eyed family members whose loved ones had gone missing, attended the event carrying pictures of the missing people. Many others had also shown up as a sign of solidarity. Representatives from religious and government bodies participated in the affair. The event concluded with UNODC presenting a report on human trafficking in Brazil.
- According to the media reports dated August 7, 2014, a 40-feet-tall statue of Christ is ready for erection at the theme park, EcoParque El Santismo in Floridablanca, Colombia due to open next year. This statue has been constructed and shipped in nine pieces, and is speculated to be taller than the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil.
- On 25 July, 2014, Paul Tisdale along with his Exeter City team will pay a visit to Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue along with the other pleasing sights of the city.
- With the support of the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro, the Christ the Redeemer Statue will be illumined in the color of the winning team on the night of July 12, 2014, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The fans are requested to tweet for their favorite team using hashtag #ArmsWideOpen + # ARG or # GER.
- According to the media reports dated July 10, 2014, Brazil is enraged over the advertisement exhibiting the Christ the Redeemer Statue in an Italian Jersey. The controversy led to the withdrawal of the advertisement.
- Marking the defeat of Brazil in the World Cup 2014, the M&C Saatchi, Milan in collaboration with Fastweb installed the replica of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Naples on July 9, 2014. The publicity stunt aimed at highlighting the faster download speeds on Fastweb.
- On 29th May 2014, Lee Thompson, a 31-year-old travel blogger climbed atop the 124-foot-long statue to click a selfie. He made the statue of the Christ the Redeemer a part of the new era of the selfies.
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- The statue was constructed from 1926 to 1931, with funds raised from donations.
- The Christ the Redeemer weighs 635 tons.
- Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea along with the Christ the Redeemer statue have been inscribed as a UNESCO World Hertiage Site in 2012.
- The monument has been voted one of the Seven New Wonders of the World, as the largest Art Deco statue, and fifth largest statue of Jesus in the world.
- Christ the Redeemer Statue is the most photographed attraction in Brazil.
- During the night, the statue looks as if it is levitating lit up by floodlights.
- The Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church is a small chapel at the base of the statue, where modest weddings and baptism ceremonies are performed.
- Over 18,00,000 tourists visit the statue every year.
The Christ the Redeemer statue sits atop Corcovado mountain, (700 meters / 2,300 feet high) in the Tijuca Forest National Park, looming over the bustling city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The statue is visible from all around the city, but a trip to the top is a must. Take a flight to Rio de Janeiro – Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport. Either hire a cab or travel in a bus to reach the Statue. You can also choose to take the train, a taxi, or a tour bus from the train station up to the top.
Address : Parque Nacional da Tijuca, Alto da Boa Vista – Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Good weather and sunshine are optimal for a visit to the Christ the Redeemer statue. Clouds can ruin the breathtaking views and prevent visitors from even seeing the top of the statue. September through November are good months to visit because of good weather and smaller crowds.
The Christ the Redeemer Statue opens all around the week from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The Christ the Redeemer Statue can be visited by the train that costs $25 (USD) for the journey including entry fee to the statue. Because of landslides provoked by heavy rains, it is advisable to use the rail route to visit the Statue.
- Who owns the statue of the Christ the Redeemer?The Rio Diocese is the owner of the statue.
- How was the Christ the Redeemer constructed?The Christ the Redeemer statue was constructed in several parts carved out of soapstone. All the completed parts of the statue were sent to the top of Corcovado Mountain via a cog-wheel train. All the parts were assembled to form the statue.
- Who is the Christ the Redeemer important to?It is important to the Catholics.
- Why is the Christ the Redeemer statue important?The statue is a symbol of Christianity in Brazil. The statue of Jesus of Nazareth is an emblem of Brazil.
- Who is the artist of the Christ the Redeemer?The head and hands of the statue were built by French sculptor Paul Landowski. Brazilian engineers Heitor Silva Costa and Pedro Viana sculpted the remaining statue.
- Why is Christ our Redeemer?Christ is called the Redeemer because he bought back the sins of people with His own impeccant life and his death on the cross.
- Which is bigger the Christ the Redeemer or the Statue of Liberty?Featuring height of 46 meters, the Statue of Liberty is bigger than the Christ the Redeemer.
- When was the Christ the Redeemer struck by lightning?The Christ the Redeemer Statue was struck by lightning on January 17, 2014. The finger of the statue got broken off during the accident.