Christ the Redeemer Location


rio de janeiro brazilChrist the Redeemer is an enormous statue of Jesus that is located on the Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park.  The masterpiece stands 30 metres (98 ft) wide and 38 metres (120 ft) tall.  It is the second tallest statue of its kind, with Cristo de la Concordia in Cochabamba, Bolivia being the largest.  The statue is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone, which helps prevent erosion and damage from lightning strikes. Engineer Heitor da Silva Costa designed the statue and it was sculpted by Paul Landowski.

It took nine years to build the statue and construction was finished in 1931.  The monument cost $250,000 and donations came mostly from Brazilian Catholics.  It is an important figure of Brazil’s Christianity and an iconic landmark in Rio de Janeiro.  The statue is one of the most visited sites in the world.  Christ the Redeemer was placed on the list of the New Seven Wonders of the World, which was compiled by the Swiss-based The New Open World Corporation.