If you've seen the huge religious statue located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and wondered about it, you may want to learn about Christ the Redeemer Statue, which is what it is called. The Christ The Redeemer Statue is a larger than life religious icon and there are many interesting facts about it. Here are a few things you should know about Christ The Redeemer Statue.
- History. The Christ The Redeemer Statue was started in 1922 and finished in 1931. It started when apPriest was enchanted by the beauty of the mountain that the Christ The Redeemer Statue stands upon. It was he that suggested the statue so it would be seen by all of those in the city of Rio. Since 1922 was the year of Brazilian independence, this is when construction on the statue began. A train was built to load and carry materials up the mountain, and that train is still in use as a way to transport tourists to the statue. It was designed by Heitor da Silva Costa and sculpted by Paul Landowski. The cost by today's standards is over $3 million.
- Dimensions. It stands 130 feet tall, with a 31 foot pedestal and is 98 feet wide. Its weight is 635 tons and is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone, which was easy to use during construction.
- Location. Christ The Redeemer Statue is located at the very top of the 2300 foot Corcovada Mountain located in the Tijuca Forest National Park. It overlooks the city of Rio de Janeiro and is considered one of the new seven wonders of the world.
Over the years there has been much restoration to the Christ The Redeemer Statue due to weather, graffiti and natural occurrences. It is visited by thousands of tourists each year.