Rio’s Iconic World Wonder Sculpture

Rio’s Iconic World Wonder Sculpture



    Christ the Redeemer Statue ^      

This statue in Mount Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is called “Christ the Redeemer.” It is one of the most iconic and well built statues in the world. It is even known as one of the 7 New World Wonders. It was the statue that Pope John Paul II visited in 1980. It is the statue that gets struck by lightning a few times a year!


It was constructed between 1922 & 1931 being 98 ft high, and 92ft long.


What was the statue about?

This is a symbol of Christianity. This statue of a statue of Jesus Christ himself. There are many statues of Jesus all over the planet, but this is the most iconic one. This is culturally important for Brazil because it is a Catholic Christian nation. It is believed by many as a symbol of protection to the city with its open arms and sky high location.


Who constructed this statue?

“Christ the Redeemer” was made by French-Polish sculptor Paul Landowski. This statue was actually first beginning to be built in France by Landowski by clay, not in Brazil. The face of the statue was designed by Gheorghe Leonida, a Romanian sculptor. It was constructed by Brazilian engineers Heitor da Silva Costa and with French engineer Albert Caquot. 


Christ the Redeemer unfinished ^

What are the origins of the statue? In the mid 19th century, Pedro Maria Boss (the Vincentian priest) opened up the idea of putting a Christian monument on Mount Corcovado. This was to be a symbol of Isabel, the daughter of Brazil’s last Emperor, Pedro II. A monument such as at Mount Corcovado this was never approved, until 1921.


By then, the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro wanted a Catholic symbol statue of Christ built at Corcovado. After the pressure from the Brazilian people to Former President of Brazil Epitácio Pessoa to permit the construction of the statue, the President finally let the building happen. Here came an iconic sculpture.

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