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Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer statue, Brazil
Christ the Redeemer statue, Brazil

Historical Context

Built between 1921 and 1933 the monumental statue of Christ the Redeemer presides over the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. The Art Deco style design of Christ with his arms outstretched was chosen and funded by Catholic groups in 1920.

Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa then designed and organized its construction with French sculptor Paul Landowski along with Romanian sculptor Gheorghe Leonida doing the work. Its outer layer is made of soapstone and its interior is of reinforced concrete. Today the statue stands 30 meters (98 ft) high, not including its 8 meter (26 ft) pedestal.

Monument Info

Photographer: Nico Kaiser
Location: Corcovado mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Related Events

  • 1931-10-12 Christ the Redeemer statue opens standing 30 meters high (98 ft) on top of Mount Corcovado overlooking Rio de Janeiro, built by engineer Heitor da Silva Costa

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