Christ the Redeemer Statue: A Monument Overlooking Rio

Christ the Redeemer Statue

The Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, also known as the Redeemer, is one of the most important monuments in Latin America and the entire world. Its history is long and interesting. It dates back to the 16th century, during the Portuguese Reign. They were the first who named the historical mountain on which the Statue lies today, naming it Peak of Temptation. 100 years later, though, the mountain is given a new name. This time the name is Corvocado, the Latin name for hunchback.

During the 19thcentury and most particularly in 1859 Pedro Maria Boss amazed by the grandeur of the mountain suggests that this mountain should be ornamented by a majestic monument; he also suggests building a statue of Christ overlooking the great city of Rio. This is how this ambitious plan begins.

In 1922 the construction of the Christ the Redeemer statue begins. Nine years later the statue is inaugurated making the mountain known all over the world. The Redeemer is a large and impressive art deco sculpture, 38 meters high and 30 meters wide. It weighs more than 640 tons and is considered to be one of the tallest and heaviest monuments in the world.

Two years ago, in 2007 there was an open voting online for the new Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Christ the Redeemer statue is one of the modern seven wonders, since the Brazilian people and companies organized a huge campaign to convince people to vote for the statue, hoping that even more people would travel to the country.

The statue is one of the most important tourist attractions in the world and is also considered to be one of the most photographed monuments. A few years ago the Archbishop of Rio ordered the construction of a small chapel underneath the statue, named Nossa Senora Aparecida, where several catholic ceremonies take place.

Christ the Redeemer Statue

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