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Friday, June 24, 2011

Christ The Redeemer

Location: Corcovado Mountain, Rio de Janero, Brazil
Suggested by: Father Pedro Maria Boss (in 1850's)
Construction Started: 1926
Designed: Heitor da Silva Costa
Sculpted: Paul Landowski
Date Inaugurated: October 12, 1931

With arms wide stretched as if embracing the whole Rio de Janero, the Cristo Redentor statue can be seen all over town. It is considered as the second largest art deco statue in the world. The statue always invoke interest in the people and was named as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World on July 7, 2007. 

The statue stands 130 feet tall and weighs 700 tons. The site is visited by more than 300,000 tourists every year. Some notable people who have come to visit the statue were Pope John Paul II, Princess Diana and Albert Einstein.

The work on the statue began in 1926. French sculptor Paul Landowski was in charge of construction and Heitor da Silva Costa was the designer. Most of the construction was carried out in France where the statue was built in pieces after which when all the pieces were built, it was taken to the site for assembly. It is made of reinforced soapstone and concrete.

After reaching the Corcovado mountain via auto or cogwheel railway, tourists and visitors must climb 220 steps to reach the statue's base. The left arm of the statue points to the north and the right points to the south.

In the evening, spotlights illuminate the statue making it glow and almost appear to levitate in the mountains. Escalators and elevators are now installed. The view at the top of the statue is the best view of the Rio de Janero.

Christ the Redeemer is a spectacular view to behold and also rich in history.;u=1257;sa=summary;u=17147;sa=summary;u=3220;u=701;sa=summary;u=2932;sa=summary;u=690169;sa=summary;u=109519;sa=summary;u=121911;sa=summary;area=summary;u=3427;u=1005;sa=summary;u=4622;sa=summary;u=13064;sa=summary;u=57559;sa=summary;u=998;sa=summary;u=231888;sa=summary

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