Christ The Redeemer

Christ The Redeemer Is Certanly One Of The Most Famous Tourist Attractions Of The World. Not Only The Statue, But Also The Amazing City View.

Everyone entering Rio's skyline is greeted by the welcoming arms of the statue of Christ the Redeemer that overlooks the diverse and bustling city from atop Corcovado Mountain. People from all over the globe head to the mountain for varied reasons, if not only for its architectural beauty that makes it among the new Seven Wonders of the World. The 130-foot statue is hard to miss and offers the most beautiful views from its observation deck at the foot of the statue. Christ the Redeemer

The Christ the Redeemer statue is also referred to as O Cristo Redentor in Portuguese. Built in 1931, the statue is considered the second largest Art Deco sculpture in the world. Located on top of Corcovado Mountain more than 700 meters above sea level, the statute is accessible by train, and taxi, and for the adventurous, there are hiking trails. No matter what your mode of transport, you will enjoy your trip to Corcovado Mountain, one of the most visually stunning mountains in the world. The mountain and the imposing statue are visible from a great distance away.

While construction of statue of Christ the Redeemer began in 1922, it was completed in 1931. However, the plans for a monument originated from the time of Princess Isabel in the 1850s. She was approached by Catholic priests with the idea. However, the separation of the church and state after Brazil became a republic in 1889 saw the end of the plan. Plans were resurrected in 1921 with the initiative to collect private funds made by the Catholic Circle of Rio. Various designs were considered, however, it was Heitor da Silva Costa, a Brazilian civil engineer's design that was chosen.

Since its construction, the image of Christ the Redeemer with his arms wide open is the first that comes to mind. Work on the design was entrusted to French sculptor Paul Landowski, who used concrete and soapstone to create this magnificent monument. The 635-ton statue, which cost $250,000, was unveiled on October 12, 1931. A chapel dedicated to Nossa Senhora Aparecida, the patron saint of Brazil, was built at the foot of the statue in 2006 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the statue.
225 steps take visitors to the foot of the statue of Christ the Redeemer, which can also be reached by a system of elevators. The observation deck is famed for its breathtaking views of the city of Rio. At the base of the 710-meter Corcovado Mountain is the railway station with a parking lot from where trains depart every 30 minutes to the foot of the Christ the Redeemer statue. The last train departs from Corcovado at 6:15 pm. A roundtrip fare is around R$ 43. Private cars and taxis are permitted only up to a point after which there are vans that operate the last stretch. For hikers, there is a trail leading to the top of Corcovado on the lakeside along Parque Lage. While the journey may be strenuous, the spectacular views make it well worth the effort.

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