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Statue of Christ the Redeemer

This particular statue stands 120 feet tall and weighs 700 tonnes. It is located at the peak of Corcovado Mountain This particular statue is a reminder of Christianity and is a well known icon of both Rio and Brazil. The idea came about in the mid 1850's but was not realized until 1921, when a suggestion was made for the statue. Heitor da Silva Costa was the designer and the sculptor was Paul Landowski.

Christ the Redeemer Statue

The construction took from 1922 to 1931. It was dedicated in 1931. In October of 2006, the Archbishop of Rio consecrated a chapel under the statue which allows Catholics to hold weddings there. This giant statue is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone. This site is also considered to be a sacred site to most Catholics in Brazil and is listed by the New Open World Corporation as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. This statue was consecrated in 2006 and can be used for both weddings and baptisms.

To get to Christ the Redeemer Statue in Brazil, you will first need to fly into Rio de Janerio's Galeão - Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport. From there, you would access it by taking the Corcovado Rack railway. The trip takes 20 minutes and leaves the base every half hour. From the train terminal, it is exactly 222 steps up to the statue. There are also escalators and elevators that allow you to access the statue instead of making the arduous hike. The busiest times for viewing the statue are Easter and the Christmas season. The best time to visit is late afternoon to early evening.

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