The statue of Christ the Redeemer is Brazil’s most famous symbol. It has stood tall in Rio de Janeiro for decades and is a prominent tourist attraction.
The statue stands at 30m (98ft). The pedestal (base of the statue) has a height of 8m (26ft). It brings the total height (base+statue) to 38m (124.7ft).
The approximate weight of the entire structure is 700 tonnes.
The foundation stone of Christ the Redeemer was laid in the year 1922. Though the construction began that year full-fledged development is said to have started in 1926 and lasted until 1931.
A priest named Pierre-Marie Boss, also called Pedro Maria Boss, first envisioned placing a Christian monument on top of the Corcovado mountain around the year 1859.
In 1922, Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa and Brazilian artist Carlos Oswald designed the statue. Oswald is credited with the final pose of the Christ with open arms. Paul Landowski, a French sculptor, worked on creating the statue.
The statue was thus a collaborative effort of Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, Brazilian artist Carlos Oswald, and French sculptor Paul Landowski.
The statue’s base is made of reinforced concrete. The exterior structure is made of soapstone that is placed on an internal reinforced concrete frame.
The statue's stone is durable and can withstand harsh weather.