Portuguese is the official language in Brazil, so Christ the Redeemer is called "Cristo Redentor."
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).
The New7Wonders Foundation selected Christ the Redeemer as one of the new wonders of the world. It is the most modern of the list of new wonders.
Christ the Redeemer is nowhere near the tallest statue in the world, but its incredible location gives it an imposing presence.
There are many other Christ the Redeemer statues around the world, some of them inspired by the famous Rio resident.
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.
The statue has been hit and damaged by lightning various times. Corcovado has an elevation of 710 metres (2,330 ft).
Or 625 long tons, 700 short tons; Christ the Redeemer is no lightweight. The statue is made from concrete and soapstone.
Rio is a huge city. The metro area of Rio de Janeiro (the city core and the outer areas and suburbs) is home to over 12 million people!
Created by Paul Landowski (French), built by Heitor da Silva Costa (Brazilian) & Albert Caquot (French), face by Gheorghe Leonida (Romanian).
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