- 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.
- 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.
- Construction of the statue took 9 years. Beginning in 1922, and it was finally finished in 1931 at a cost of $250,000 US.
- The statue boasts an impressive title. In 2007, it was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- It was built to symbolise Brazilian Christianity.
- In 1850, the idea of building a religious monument was first suggested by a Catholic Priest.
- It wasn’t until 1920 when a group petitioned for support to build a landmark statue and it became a reality.
- The design was chosen from several ideas and construction began in the 1920s, taking 5 years to finish.
- 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.