Christ the Redeemer Cross

Brazil's best-known icon

Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer is a cross, formed by a sculpture representing Jesus Christ with outstretched arms welcoming people to his embrace. This 40-metre high statue stands atop Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Official website)

Construction was completed in 1931. Designed by a Brazilian engineer, built by a Polish-born French sculptor, covered in Swedish soapstone, and photographed by a 'brazillion' tourists from every part of the world.

A chapel lies beneath the statue for baptisms and weddings.

And here's the connection with Seven: The statue weighs 700 tons, is located at the peak of the 700-metre mountain, and on 7 July 2007 (7/7/7) the statue was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

There's another Christ the Redeemer statue in South America, found high up in the Andes. Now a summer tourist attraction, at an altitude of 3,832 metres stands the Cristo Redentor de los Andes statue.

It was erected in 1904 on the Argentina / Chile border to celebrate renewed peace between those two nations.


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