Christ the Redeemer of Corcovado

Christ the Redeemer of Corcovado

Information about Christ the Redeemer of Corcovado


At the top of Corcovado Mountain, 709 meters above sea level rises one of the most important symbols of the city and throughout Brazil, the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro.

Christ the Redeemer, which was inaugurated on October 12, 1931 and is visited by 2 million tourists a year, is an icon of the city and the country and was recently declared one of the new seven wonders of the world.

On July 7, 2007 Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro was named a winner in the list of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, by the organization New Open World Corporation through an open online voting in which They participated, according to the organization, 100 million people.

In Brazil a campaign to vote for Christ called "Vote no Christ" (Vote for the Christ in Portuguese) and an estimated 10 million Brazilians participated in the vote was held.

History of Christ the Redeemer
The idea of ??building a religious monument in the city was first suggested in 1859 by Father Pedro Maria Boss and Princess Elizabeth. In 1921 the idea was taken up and the April 4, 1922 the cornerstone was laid. Four years later works began.

The first sketches by the painter Carlos Oswald imagined Christ carrying the cross, with a globe in the hands on a pedestal symbolizing the world. Finally we chose the current design, also Carlos Oswald.

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