Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer.

Meeting 14:30h at Rio & Learn
Costs: 117,00 reais + 8 – 10 reais (uber ride)

Rio de Janeiro’s most famous tourist attraction is Christ the Redeemer. Nobody who visits the city can miss it. Bring your camera to take some of the best pictures of Rio de Janeiro from the top of Corcovado. We are going up and down with the Trem do Corcovado, a historical train that takes you to the top Corcovado. The railway was opened in 1884, but the trains are much newer =]. Our teacher will explain to you some of the stories around the city and the Cristo as you practice your Portuguese and enjoy the moment.

The Christ statue is really a present for the cariocas, and also for foreigners who come to visit Rio de Janeiro and make the visit to Cristo Redentor a must. Feel like joining us? Grab you camera, sunscreen, sunglasses and lets go! This RioLIVE! Activity will show you views you will never forget, and all with the nice company of your fellow students! Let’s practice our Portuguese, learn new things and make new friends!!!

Facts about Christ the Redeemer

I mean, everyone knows the iconic sight of Christ the Redeemer, but did you know these facts about the famous statue in Brazil?

How tall is Christ the Redeemer?

Look at the imposing stature of Christ the Redeemer: 30 meters (98 feet) tall, with arms 28 meters (92 feet) wide. Including his pedestal, the structure reaches a total height of 38 meters (125 feet).

How many Christ the Redeemer statues are there in the world?

Did you know that the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro is not the only one of its kind in the world? In fact, its iconic design has inspired several replicas around the world, such as the Cristo Rei in Lisbon, Portugal, completed in 1959, and others scattered throughout Poland and Bolivia.

Christ the Redeemer was struck by lightning

Did you know that Christ the Redeemer has braved the elements, including the fury of lightning? On February 10, 2008, during a violent thunderstorm, lightning struck the statue, causing significant damage to its fingers, head and eyebrows. In response, the state government of Rio de Janeiro undertook a major restoration project. The project aimed not only to replace some of the damaged outer layers of soapstone, but also to repair and strengthen the statue’s lightning rods to ensure its protection against future storms. The statue’s ordeal was not over, however, as it was struck by lightning again on January 17, 2014. This subsequent strike removed a finger on the right hand, underscoring the ongoing challenges of maintaining this iconic monument against the forces of nature.

Christ the Redeemer is one of the seven wonders of the world

A symbol of Christianity around the world, the statue has also become a cultural icon of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil, and was named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World in 2007.

The history of Christ the Redeemer

The journey to erect a Christian monument on Mount Corcovado began in the mid-1850s, when Vincentian priest Pedro Maria Boss proposed a statue honoring Princess Isabel, regent of Brazil and daughter of Emperor Pedro II. However, this early proposal did not come to fruition, and the project was abandoned in 1889 when Brazil became a republic, emphasizing the separation of church and state.

The idea was revived in 1920 by the Catholic Circle of Rio, driven by a desire to infuse society with spiritual values in the midst of perceived “godlessness. They launched Semana do Monumento (“Monument Week”) to garner financial support and public approval for the statue. The campaign drew significant contributions, especially from Brazilian Catholics, reflecting a collective yearning for a symbol of faith and unity. Among the designs considered were a Christian cross, Jesus holding a globe, and a pedestal symbolizing the world. Ultimately, the design of Christ the Redeemer with open arms, symbolizing peace, was selected, embodying a message of inclusiveness and compassion.

Who built Christ the Redeemer?

This monumental task was undertaken by a collaborative team led by Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa and French sculptor Paul Landowski, with notable contributions from others such as Gheorghe Leonida, who sculpted the face. The project, initiated by the Catholic Circle of Rio to commemorate the centennial of Brazil’s independence, culminated in the completion and dedication of the statue on October 12, 1931.

How was Christ the Redeemer built?

From 1922 to 1931, the construction of Christ the Redeemer required innovative engineering solutions, including the Corcovado Rack Railway for transporting materials to the summit. The choice of reinforced concrete and soapstone ensured the statue’s endurance against Rio’s weather, embodying a blend of artistic vision and technical prowess.

Where is Christ the Redeemer? The Corcovado Mountain

Christ the Redeemer stands majestically atop the 710-meter (2,329 feet) Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Located in the Tijuca National Park, the largest urban forest in the world, the statue is surrounded by a lush, green landscape that enhances its serene and majestic presence. This setting makes Christ the Redeemer not only a symbol of faith, but also a must-see for anyone who wants to experience Rio.

How to get to Christ the Redeemer

Getting to Christ the Redeemer is an adventure in itself, offering visitors several routes to suit different preferences and abilities. The most popular is the Corcovado Train, which has been in operation since 1884. This 20-minute ride takes you through the dense rainforest of the Tijuca National Park, providing a unique opportunity to observe the area’s rich biodiversity before reaching the summit. For those looking for a more direct route, vans are available from several points around the city, including Copacabana and Largo do Machado, offering a convenient and comfortable ride to the top.

Alternatively, for the more adventurous, hiking trails lead to the statue, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the forest. The most popular trail starts at Parque Lage, a hike that takes about two to three hours and requires a good level of fitness.

Come with us in our RioLIVE! Activity and live this amazing experience.

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Students at Christ the Redeemer. Cristo is beautiful.
Students at Christ the Redeemer. Cristo is beautiful.

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