Cristo Redentor, or Christ the Redeemer, sits atop Corcovado Mountain and overlooks the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The statue was designed by Heitor da Silva Costa and sculpted by French-Polish monument sculptor, Paul Landowski. The idea to erect a large religious monument on Corcovado Mountain has been attributed to Catholic priest, Pedro Maria Boss who’d initially suggested it in the mid 1850’s. His vision would finally become a reality on October 12, 1931.
Facts about Cristo Redentor:
- The statue is the symbol of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
- Construction began in 1922 and was inaugurated on October 12, 1931.
- The cost of construction was $250,000 USD.
- It is the largest Art Deco statue in the world.
- Since 2009, the Cristo Redentor statue has been included on the National Heritage Institute’s (IPHAN) list of protected monuments.
- It is the fifth largest statue of Jesus in the world.
- The status stands 130ft (39.62m) tall and 98ft (29.87m) wide. These dimensions take into account a 26ft (7.92m) pedestal.
- The statue is erected 2330 ft (710.18m) above sea level.
- The Cristo Redentor weighs 635 tons.
- The chapel of Nossa Senhora Aparecida (Our Lady of the Apparition) was consecrated on the statues 75th.
- It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone.
- It was struck by lightning on Sunday February 10th, 2008 and suffered minimal damage to its head and fingers. It has since been repaired and lightning rods have been installed in order to further protect against electrical storms.
- The statue’s head and right arm where vandalized with graffiti on April 15th, 2010. House painter Paulo Souza dos Santos was identified by police as the suspected culprit.
- New lighting was installed in 2000 and mechanized access was added in 2002.
- Cristo Redentor is considered one of the 7 Wonders of the New World.