Christ the Redeemer Statue

Cristo Redentor Rio de Janeiro

Cristo Redentor Rio de Janeiro

Icon would be the word to best describe Christ the Redeemer Statue. Only the Eiffel tower comes to mind as another man made monument that symbolically represents a city to this degree but the famous monument atop a mountain above Rio, of Jesus Christ with his arms outstretched, has come to represent an entire nation and instantly associated, by a majority of the population living on earth, to symbolize Rio de Janeiro. The city named after a river, named after a month of the year (ie. Janeiro = January) has an icon to represent her to humanity, it’s Christ the Redeemer Statue.

Christ the Redeemer statue stands 39.6 metres (130 ft) tall, including its 9.5 metre (31 ft) pedestal, and 30 metres (98 ft) wide. It weighs 635 tons, and is located at the peak of the 700 metres (2,300 ft) Corcovado mountain (Corcovado meaning “hunchback” in Portuguese) in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro. It is one of the tallest statues of its kind in the world. The statue of Cristo la Concordia in Cochabamba, Bolivia, is slightly taller, standing at 40.44 metres (132.7 ft) tall with its 6.24 metres (20.5 ft) pedestal and 34.20 metres (112.2 ft) wide. A symbol of Catholicism, the statue has become an icon of Rio and Brazil. It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone atop the peak of Corcovado, a big granite dome claimed to be the highest such formation in Brazil.