Facts About “Christ The Redeemer”

Facts

  1. Christ the Redeemer was built using reinforced concrete and has an outer shell of 6 million soapstone tiles. It’s believed that the workers who made these tiles occasionally wrote notes on the back, meaning this iconic landmark is full of hidden messages.
  2. Due to the statue’s mountaintop position, it’s prone to lightning strikes and gets hit around three to six times a year. Prior to the FIFA World Cup in 2014, lightning struck and broke one of the statue’s thumbs.
  3. Construction of the statue took 9 years. Beginning in 1922, and it was finally finished in 1931 at a cost of $250,000 US.
  4. The statue boasts an impressive title. In 2007, it was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
  5. It’s one of the largest statues of Jesus and the tallest art deco statue in the world. Christ the Redeemer reaches a height of 30 metres and boasts an arm span of 28 metres.
  6. Housing prices in Rio de Janeiro have increased simply if the property has a view of Christ the Redeemer. Apartments with even a slight view of the statue are higher than those with the same location and size but no view.
  7. The light-coloured stone used to build the statue was taken from a quarry near the city of Ouro Preto. However, this stone is in short supply and restoration works are having to be done using different types. As a result, stone in a darker shade is slowly replacing the original, meaning Christ the Redeemer is gradually getting darker.
  8. Each year, Christ the Redeemer is visited by nearly 2 million people. The record number of visitors to the statue in a single day was a huge 14,000 during Easter of 2011.

Why was it built

  1. It was built to symbolise Brazilian Christianity.
  2. In 1850, the idea of building a religious monument was first suggested by a Catholic Priest. 
  3. It wasn’t until 1920 when a group petitioned for support to build a landmark statue and it became a reality.
  4. The design was chosen from several ideas and construction began in the 1920s, taking 5 years to finish.
  5. Today, Christ the Redeemer is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

This document is created as a part of Girraween Public School’s Centenary celebration project by Nirja Shah, Trushil Shah & Sarrun Sabashe of class 5Y. We are really thankful to our class teacher Miss. Yu Yan Tran for her continuous support & guidance during our project.

Author: Trushil Shah

My name is Trushil Shah and I am 10 years old. I live in Australia, a multicultural country. I have a little sister. Here are many things I like to do, to see, and to experience. I like to play sports, study, do technology experiencing, go out into the world, read, write, see the lunar eclipses by a glimpse, share time with my family, code in scratch and most of all have fun. I like flowers in spring, rain in summer, leaves in autumn, and snow in winter. I want to be a doctor or engineer when I grow up. I like many different types of food. My favourite subject of all is Maths. I am always trying to do my best. Whatever I do I want to do best.

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