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Every movie, commercial or television series that puts Brazil into play, the viewer eclipses a birdseye view of an 82-year-old, 130-foot-tall stature of Jesus Christ perched on the Corcovado mountain. The stature arms spread out like a cross, welcoming and protecting all who come to the exotic city of Rio de Janeiro. Known as Christ the Redeemer, the symbol has been an icon for Rio and Brazil since its construction completion in 1931.
The statute's construction took nine years but the concept was born in the mid-1850s. At that time Princess Isabel ruled over the Portuguese colony and dismissed the idea brought forth by a Catholic priest named Pedro Maria Boss. Between local engineer Heitor de Silva Costa and French sculptor Paul Landowski, the base artwork and design took hold. It is principally made of reinforced concrete and soapstone. The monument was opened on October 12, 1931 after nine years of chiseling.
The statute is considered one of the seven wonders of the world and the second largest Artmonument in the world.
In the event one is interested in an up close inspection, these tips may help. You need to go to the Cosme Velho District, or more specifically Rua Cosme Velho 513. This is where you buy tickets for the small red train that goes uphill. You could also get a taxi all the way to the top, but with the train you get to enjoy the steep tour through the Atlantic Rainforest up to the foot of the statue, offering stunning glimpses of Rio from many different angles.
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The administration authority has recently added escalators into the mix, providing an alternate to climbing the last few meters toward the top. Assuming the weather cooperates, the view can stun you. Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Botanical Gardens, the Jockey Club, and the Lagoon provide the eye candy that millions upon millions enjoy. The entire city of Rio spreads out in a magnificent panorama during the day, glittering and magic after dark and always protected by Christ the Redeemer, who blesses visitors and residents from on high.
Brazil has towns of interesting sights and sounds to absorb, this monument happens to be worth the time, experience and memory. It's something most will never forget. Happy travels.