Christ the Redeemer

The Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) statue located in the city of Rio de Janeiro in Portuguese speaking Brazil, is an iconic, internationally recognized symbol of Brazil’s history, heritage, cultural identity and the importance of religion for the country.

Christ the Redeemer was built primarily to celebrate Brazil’s independence, which was obtained Sepetember 7, 1822. During my visit I was told construction of the statue commenced 1826 and completed 1831, but some reports state construction commencing 1822.

Located on the Corcovado (hunchback) mountain in the Tijuca National Park (Parque Nacional do Tijuca) the statue is 98 feet tall on a pedestal 26 ft tall, making the structure 124 feet in height.

The arms of Christ extended to the side symbolize peace and deliberately portrays the crucifix – the Christian cross.

Brazilians are generally very proud of the statue and its international recognition. Visitors from across the world, in particular devout Christians, consider it a must-see not only in Brazil, but in all of Latin America. Additionally, some visitors related to the statue in a solemn and sacred manner, with others taking time to pray in the chapel located at its base.

The view from Christ the Redeemer is indeed an unforgettable experience. A full-cirlcle panoramic vista reveals all of Rio de Janeiro, lush green forests, planes in flight below, and a beautiful wide expanse of ocean littered with islands.

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Kingsley Ragashanti Stewart, Ph.D.

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