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Christ the Redeemer  

The massive statue of Christ the Redeemer is a matter of national pride for all Brazilians as Brazil is a religiously diverse country. In Portuguese, it is known as Cristo Redentor. This 38 meters tall statue is made of reinforced concrete that ensures that it remains strong and durable. The outer layers are composed of soapstone that was imported from Sweden. It is situated at the top of the Mount Corcovado in the Tijuca National Forest. The foundation stone of the base was ceremonially laid on April 4, 1922. The monument was officially unveiled on October 12, 1931.

Fast Facts: –

  • The initial design for statue was given by a Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa.
  • The entire stature weighs more than 1,400 tons.
  • It is the 3rd tallest statue of Jesus in the entire world and the largest art deco statue in the world.
  • In 2006, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the monument, a small chapel was constructed at its base.
  • This chapel can accommodate more than 150 people.
  • In July 2007, Christ the Redeemer became one of the seven new wonders of the world.
  • The cost of the statue was approximately $250,000 US at that time which is equal to $3.2 million of today.
  • The money to build this statue came from Brazil’s Catholic community.
  • The original design proposed by Da Silva Costa had a figure of Christ holding a cross in his right hand and the world in left hand.
  • He also noted that the statue should face the rising sun.
  • Later the design was amended by Brazilian artist Carlos Oswald.
  • This statue was made to symbolize that Christ loves all and spreads peace in the world.
  • In order to reach the statue, visitors need to climb 220 steps.

 

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