New 7 Wonders of the world: Christ the redeemer

Posted on 12 September 2023 By Tsoku Maela

Christ the Redeemer, known as Cristo Redentor in Portuguese, is an iconic Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ situated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

View of Rio de Janeiro at dusk. Picture: Getty Images

It was crafted by Polish-French sculptor Paul Landowski and brought to life by Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa in collaboration with French engineer Albert Caquot. The statue’s visage was skillfully sculpted by Romanian artist Gheorghe Leonida. Towering at a height of 30 meters (98 feet), excluding its 8-meter (26-foot) pedestal, the statue boasts arms that span an impressive 28 meters (92 feet). To provide a sense of scale, it is roughly two-thirds the height of the Statue of Liberty from its base to the torch.

Weighing a remarkable 635 metric tons (625 long tons or 700 short tons), the statue rests atop the Corcovado mountain, soaring 700 meters (2 300 feet) above sea level within the Tijuca Forest National Park, overseeing the captivating city of Rio. Symbolizing Christianity worldwide, Christ the Redeemer has transcended its religious significance to become an emblematic cultural symbol of both Rio de Janeiro and Brazil. Its inclusion in the prestigious list of the New Seven Wonders of the World further attests to its profound impact. Constructed between 1922 and 1931, this magnificent statue is made of reinforced concrete and adorned with soapstone, showcasing a harmonious blend of materials and craftsmanship.


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