The Christ the Redeemer statue overlooks Rio de Janeiro.
The Christ the Redeemer statue overlooks Rio de Janeiro.

Named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a 2007 global vote orchestrated by Swiss-based 7Wonders.org, the Christ the Redeemer statue is a large and powerful Christian symbol. Built in the 1930s in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the statue was commissioned and designed with outstretched, welcoming arms to remind Christians that their Savior loves them.

Location & Milestones

The Christ Redeemer statue is situated on Corcovado Mountain, overlooking Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The mountain, standing 2,330 feet high, is located in Tijuca Forest National Park. The statue was completed in October of 1931; on its 75th anniversary in 2006, a chapel was opened at its base.

Designers and Materials

The Catholic community in Brazil worked together to come up with the idea of a statute with its arms stretched out, but the final design came from Brazilian artist, Carlos Oswald. Paul Landowski, a French sculptor, brought the design to life. He created the iconic statue out of concrete and coated the exterior with a layer of soapstone, to help protect it from weather and environmental aggressors.

Measurements

Standing just under 105 feet tall, the Christ Redeemer statue is among the tallest in the world; with its pedestal, it totals 120 feet. The outstretched arms of the Christ stretch about 98 feet from fingertip to fingertip. Though impressive, the Christ Redeemer statue isn't the tallest of its kind -- the Cristo de la Concordia in Bolivia reaches a height over 112 feet, and hits 133 feet with its pedestal.

Interesting Facts

The Christ Redeemer statue is one of the most visited tourist attractions around Rio de Janeiro, especially by Christians. Visitors can walk right up to the base of the statue, take pictures and view the city and ocean below. Until escalators and panoramic elevators were installed in the first decade of the 21st century, the only way to reach the statue after a rail journey up the mountain was via 222 steps. The most popular times of year to visit the Christ Redeemer statue are at Easter and Christmas, two of the most important holidays in the Christian religion.