Christ the Redeemer, Rio, Brazil

Ranked #4 in Brazil Tourism

Christ the Redeemer, which was constructed from 1922 to 1931, is a 39.6 meters tall statue of Jesus Christ, situated on the peak of the Corcovado Mountain in Rio. It is believed to be world’s largest Art Deco statue. Rio de Janeiro in Brazil is home for a truly impressive monument that not only serves as a symbol of the limitless faith of a human, but also has undoubtedly become an icon of the city and the Brazilian Christianity itself. 

Christ the Redeemer Monument

Christ the Redeemer, Rio

Christ the Redeemer, Rio

The beginning of the object can be dated back to the 16th century when the Portuguese named the mountain The Pinnacle of Temptation (Pináculo da Tentação) thus making an allusion with the Biblical mountain. It was later named back Corcovado, but in 1850 ties became an object of interest of a Catholic priest Pedro Maria Boss. Amazed by the beauty of the place, he suggested that a religious monument could be erected on the top of it so he requested Princess Isabel to finance the construction of it. At the beginning her agreement was not achieved, but the idea of the monument went on and on 1921, with the help of Brazilian Christian organizations and local donations, the project of the sculpture was finally approved. From the many suggestions of the appearance of the statue, Jesus Redeemer was chosen as his open arms symbolize peace. (photo credit)

Christ the Redeemer Statue

The monument weights 635 tones and its construction took nine years during which a railroad to the mountain was constructed. It carried all the necessary materials and workers. Nowadays it transports tourists to the monument. On October 12, 1931, the monument of the Christ Redeemer celebrated its inauguration and from then it has become one of the main objects of Rio.

Christ The Redeemer Statue

Christ The Redeemer Statue

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The monument has been put through several changes – some lightning has been installed in the statue and to ease the walk of 220 steps, a motorized stairway has been added. On 1975, a chapel under the monument was built; therefore it is also possible to hold weddings and baptisms in this picturesque and deeply spiritual scene.

Christ the Redeemer is an object to include in must-see list when visiting Rio de Janeiro and therefore the tram to the peak of the breathtaking mountain carries tourists every day each 30 minutes from to 7 pm.

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