Cristo Redentor

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Portuguese is the official language in Brazil, so Christ the Redeemer is called "Cristo Redentor."

Nine years to build

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The statue was started in 1922 and completed in 1931. The building cost was the equivalent of US$250,000 (around $3,400,000 in 2016).

Tijuca Forest

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The statue is surrounded by an urban tropical rainforest called Tijuca Forest. There are escalators at the mountain peak to access the statue and its nearby chapel.

635 metric tons...

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Or 625 long tons, 700 short tons; Christ the Redeemer is no lightweight. The statue is made from concrete and soapstone.

International project...

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Created by Paul Landowski (French), built by Heitor da Silva Costa (Brazilian) & Albert Caquot (French), face by Gheorghe Leonida (Romanian).
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