Christ the Redeemer is an art decoration statue of Jesus Christ located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, made by French sculptor Paul Landowski and constructed by Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, along with French engineer Albert Caquot. Romanian sculptor Gheorghe Leonida did fashioning of the face. Constructed between 1922 and 1931, the statue is 30 metres tall, that does not include its 8-metre pedestal. The arms extend 28 metres wide.
The statue is 635 metric tons, and situated at the peak of the 700-metre Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park from where you can see the city of Rio de Janeiro. A symbol of Christian faith across the world, the statue is also a cultural symbol of both Rio de Janeiro as well as Brazil, and is counted among the New Seven Wonders of the World. It is constructed of reinforced concrete as well as soapstone.
Christ the redeemer statue attracts tourists from different parts of the world. It is one of the major tourist attractions when it comes to the global monuments. Many other global monuments like the Statue of Unity in India are inspired by this giant statue.
Why was the Christ the Redeemer built?
It was built because of a proposal kept by the Roman Catholic archdiocese. It was done to honour the princess, the daughter of the emperor of Brazil.
Why is Christ the Redeemer famous?
It is famous because it acts as a symbolic protector of the people of Brazil. It is also a majestic sculpture that overlooks the city of Rio.
Who built the Christ the Redeemer?
Local engineer Heitor da Silva Costa was responsible for designing the statue. French sculptor Paul Landowski made it
Why is Christ the redeemer a wonder?
It is among new wonders as per the online voting of new 7 global wonders.