Standing with arms wide open on Corcovado Mountain, this attention-grabbing masterpiece wonder of the world is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil which keeps on watching the view of this scintillating city. Constructed from concrete, this statue of Jesus Christ attains a mighty height of 125 ft or 38 m makes you feel as if Jesus is always there for you. Let’s find out some interesting facts about Christ the Redeemer:
1. Outcome of a 9-year long construction
Although it seems like a less endeavoring task, in reality, it wasn’t. It took around 9 years from 1922-1931 to make this grand statue mainly due to its cliff-like location.
2. Tts 1st proposal was canceled!
A local priest, Pedro Maria Boss in the 1850’s, presented this thought in front of the finance department. Finding it less feasible, its idea was rejected.
3. When its approval was accepted!
The thought of creating it was halted in 1850’s, but as good thoughts can never die, the proposal of creating it got erupted by Catholic Circle of Rio. By carrying the countless financial and moral support of the local people, the proposal was accepted.
4. 3rd tallest statue of the almighty Jesus!
It is the 3rd tallest statue of Jesus in the world after Poland’s Christ the King and Bolivia’s Cristo de la Concordia.
5. What does it symbolize?
The statue was made with the purpose to show that Christ loves all, spread peace and to display the devotion of the city towards the almighty.
6. Made with a special kind of stone!
To make a highly resistible statue, a special kind of rock was used. The stone was specially imported from Sweden and hence with the blend of concrete and soapstone this wonder was made.
7. Who sketched it?
It was sketched by a French sculptor and son of a famous French sculptor Marcel Landowski named Paul Landowski.
Source: Wikipedia, image: paul-landowski.com
9. Total expenditure
It was a pretty expensive venture and thus was made in approx. $250,000 which is equal to $3.2 million of today.
10. How much does it weigh?
As it was built using solid stones, it weighs around 635 tons.
11. Inclusion in wonders list!
After a long wait, in July 2007 the Christ Redeemer was inducted as one of the 7 wonders of the world.
13. Lightning once damaged it!
Back in 2008, a ferocious thunder strike damaged the head, eyebrows, and fingers. Thanks to the soapstone insulating feature, the majority of the lightning was earthed. The same stone from the same place was used in the reconstruction.
On January 16, 2014, the lightening again damaged the finger of the statue.
Source: brazilcultureandtravel.com, Image: EPA
14. A sttempt to ruin it!
An impish dauber in early 2010 sprayed paint on the head and right arm of the statue. The local mayor proclaimed it as a “crime against the nation,” and the offender was later identified.
15. Many modes to reach there!
Being the most attracting tourist spot, earlier people used to reach Christ the Redeemer by road or by walk, but in 2003 escalators and elevators were introduced to make it convenient for visitors.
16. Best time to observe it
Often advised by the local people that the best time to see this wonder is either in the evening or at night as it presents a sparkling view of the city.
17. A selfie was taken from its top!
In May 2014, a travel blogger named Lee Thompson did a valiant task by climbing atop to take a selfie with the Christ Redeemer; he took permission from the authorities before doing that.
Source: allwonders.com, image: pinimg.com