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. Perched above Rio de Janeiro, on the the 700-metre high Corcovado mountain, the panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro and the Atlantic Ocean, from the base of the statue are breathtaking.
The Statue is located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is one of the world’s best known and most visited monuments. It represents Jesus standing over the city of Rio, with arms outstretched, welcoming people from near and far.
The span of his arms from fingertip to fingertip is 28 meters. A small chapel is housed in the base of the monument, which can fit about 150 people. As a vantage point, the Christ the Redeemer statue offers superb views of downtown Rio de Janeiro, the bay, Sugarloaf Mountain, Copacabana beach and Ipanema Beach.
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 original design of the statue of Christ the Redeemer, Brazil, was created by a Brazilian, named Heitor da Silva Costa. He was also the engineer in charge of the construction. He shared the project with French sculptor Paul Landowski. 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.
- The statue was constructed from 1926 to 1931, with funds raised from donations.
- It weighs 635 tons.
- 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 is the most photographed attraction in Brazil.
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. 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.
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 am to 7:00 pm.
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.
Nearby attractions: Rio de Janeiro, Sugarloaf Mountain, Guanabara Bay, Copacabana Beach, Ipanema Beach, Tijuca Jungle
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