Christ the Redeemer, Iconic Statue Overlooking Rio de Janeiro

Nothing says a big symbol quite as huge as Cristo Redentor or Christ the Redeemer overlooking Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer on top Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This monumental art deco is not only towering by its height, it is practically the largest symbol of the Christian faith you can never find elsewhere. Not even in either Vatican or Rome. As its name implies, this human-figure statue with its arms wide open is essentially the depiction of Christ himself as embodying the cross.

How big is this tall man-made structure, you ask? Only 30 meters or 98 feet in height, not including the pedestal to which the gigantic statue is raised. For something as marvelous as this, you can easily deduce that this architecture to be massive as well—a heavy 635 metric tons!

However, apart from its locale, there is a side about this sky-high effigy that is not 100% Brazilian—the iconic structure itself was built by few artists, only one of which is Brazilian by birth. The design of the figure was originally conceived by a French sculptor named Paul Laudowski but was built by a Brazilian engineer, Heitor da Silva Costa, with the help of fellow engineer, Albert Caquot. Meanwhile, the face of the statue was sculpted by a Romanian sculptor, Gheorgie Leonida. The erection of the graven image was completed between the years 1922 to 1931.

Christ the Redeemer – More Than Just Its Height

While many tourists see Christ the Redeemer as an attraction to be in when in the city, Brazilians close and afar view this magnificent structure as a symbol of their nation and of peace. Christ the Redeemer, after all, is not considered a sacred relic but only of religious significance among Christians.
Although seeing Christ the Redeemer up close is already breath-taking enough from the ground, the real awe-inspiring moment of the visit is by being at the exact same level as the sculpture itself. It is at this height that you would see the seamless totality of the city’s diverse and oftentimes contrasting qualities—the expensive-looking apartments, the favelas, the literally unhoused, a number of football stadiums and the Guanabara Bay dotted with its scattered islands.

Unless you are riding on a high-flying vehicle at an elevation higher than Christ the Redeemer itself, this is something which mostly only birds see at their flight or when perched hundreds of feet high above seawater—a very thrilling and spectacular experience for us humans. You can almost literally sum up the existing status quo in Rio by being at shoulder-height with the mammoth figure itself.

In case you are wondering, having to climb the tall figure is actually possible and something which few tourists had done before. But climbing the Christ the Redeemer Statue is totally crazy – there’s nothing to hold on to. I will never do it!

Corcovado Mountain where Christ the Redeemer stands is Rio de Janeiro’s most visited tourist attraction, so anytime of the day it is a busy day here. So when is the best time to visit Corcovado to avoid the crowds? Visit the place on early mornings or late evenings.

How much does it cost to get to Corcovado? Should you book in advance? Check this out!

For something as remarkable feat as Christ the Redeemer, it was given the honor of having been included in the list of New Seven Wonders of the World. The statue of Christ the Redeemer is amazing. How such a massive thing got there? Well, that’s one of the many reasons why visit Corcovado and see the towering iconic statue close range.

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