Christ the Redeemer (statue)

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Working hoursDaily from 08:00 to 19:00
Ticket priceadult on ordinary days – R $ 72.50;
adult on holidays and weekends – R $ 89.50;
from 5 to 11 years old – R $ 54;
up to 4 years old – free.
Phone number+55 (21) 25 58 13 29
Official website

The statue of Christ in Rio de Janeiro (Cristo Redentor) is the most famous symbol of the city and all of Brazil. Included in the list of the “New Seven Wonders of the World”. It is located at a high altitude above the former capital on the Corcovado mountain, with a panoramic view. It is the most visited tourist attraction and one of the most recognizable in the world. The oldest railway in the country is still working.

Christ the Redeemer (statue)

History of creation

Preparations for construction began as early as 1884 with the creation of the Corcovado railway. It was the first electricity railway in Brazil. The length of 3824 meters led from the foot of the mountain to the top. At that time, it was one of the most progressive engineering designs.

In 1991, the 100th anniversary of the country’s independence was approaching. The government decided to create the main symbol that would not only decorate the area but also attract a tourist flow. The project of the monument to Jesus Christ was proposed by Carlos Oswald. He owns the idea of ​​an image with outstretched arms so that the cross can be read from afar.

Initially, the figure was supposed to stand on a pedestal in the form of a globe, but it was decided to abandon the idea due to the impossibility of a modern design.

Collecting money was accepted by the entire population. In the magazine “Cruzeiro” they left an advertisement for the required amount. The church leadership also got involved. They managed to raise $ 3.5 million. Construction went on from 1922 to 1931. But the final draft was changed. The author was the engineer Heitor da Silva Costa.

The creation of the details of the monument took place in France, since it was not technically possible to do this in local conditions. Each piece separately sailed here by ship, and then ascended by rail. Then it was carried to the very top along a winding staircase of 220 steps. On October 12, the grand opening and consecration of the facility took place.

Description of the monument

The attraction is made of reinforced concrete: the concrete part is supported by iron beams inside. Outside there is a soapstone. This material showed up in the vicinity. The cobblestones were broken into thousands of small pieces, and then pasted over the figure from the outside. The result is a beautiful ebb during sunny days.

The size of the object is amazing, although it is not a world record holder. The height is 38 meters, of which 8 are on a rectangular pedestal. The location on a mountain 800 meters above sea level adds length to its growth. The weight of the overall structure is 1145 tons, and the figures separately are 635 tons. The span of the hands from the fingers of one hand to the other is 28 meters.

Christ the Redeemer (statue)

Height of the statue of Christ the Redeemer – 38 meters

Modernization has taken place these days. Installed modern lighting with multi-colored lights. In the dark, it seems that Jesus is hovering above the earth. From the observation deck at the pedestal, a circular view of the surroundings opens: the ocean, Ipanema beach, the mountain range and the stadium. A chapel in honor of Saint Señora Aparecida and a souvenir shop were opened in the basement.

It is worth paying attention to the nature around. Corcovado is surrounded by the Tijuca National Park right in the center of Rio de Janeiro. Hundreds of species of trees, bushes, flowers and other plants grow on an area of 3200 hectares. There are also dozens of representatives of the animal world. They are all unique and can only be found in the Atlantic Forest. You can also see within it: caves, a waterfall, platinum and other places.

Monument today

In 1965, the monument was consecrated again. This was done by Pope Paul VI. In 1981, the 50th anniversary was widely celebrated, to which John Paul II was invited. 2007 – Orthodox divine services were held for the first time, and in 2016 prayer chants were held with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill. Prayers were read in Portuguese and Church Slavonic.

1980 and 1990 – renovations were carried out. In 2000, a night light was installed, and in 2003 an escalator was added to the stairs to the top, making it more accessible. An unpleasant incident occurred in 2010 when vandals painted a figure with black paint. Fortunately, it easily washed off soon.

Christ the Redeemer (statue)

Interesting facts about the statue of Christ the Redeemer

  • The landmark is struck by lightning every year. On average, this happens 4 times. Two of these cases split off the tips of the fingers.
  • In 2007, the site was officially listed as the New Seven Wonders of the World, along with the Wall of China, Machu Picchu, and the Colosseum.
  • The attraction was shown in more than 15 films and TV series, for example, “Twilight”, “Fast and the Furious 5”, “1 + 1”, “2012”, “Rio, I love you” and others.
  • There is a religious belief that going up the stairs, a person is forgiven all his sins.
  • There are a number of similar monuments in the world: in Lisbon, in Indonesia on the island of Sulawesi, in Vietnam, in Italy, etc.
  • Services are constantly held in the chapel on the territory, and weddings and religious holidays are often held.
Christ the Redeemer (statue)

Ticket prices

You can buy tickets online on the official portal or at one of the offices listed on the website. The price depends on the age of the visitor and the tourist season:

  • adult ticket on regular days – R $ 72.50;
  • adult on holidays and weekends – R $ 89.50;
  • from 5 to 11 years old – R $ 54;
  • up to 4 years old – free.

The price includes travel by bus or train through the jungle and ascent to the panoramic area. This trip itself is already surprising with its beauty and extreme. Transport moves at an almost vertical angle through trees and beautiful views. To travel, you must come to a certain time, which is indicated after the purchase. The train leaves every day from 08:00 to 19:00 every 30 minutes. Travel time is 20 minutes each way.

How to get to the statue of Christ the Redeemer

To go to the location, you need to find the Trem do Corcovado train station. You can get there by public transport:

bus stop Rua Cosme Velho próximo ao 412 on routes 118, 422, 497, 580, 581, 583 and 584;
the nearest metro station is Largo do Machado, but from it, you will need to take the above buses.
To travel by your rental car, drive through Estr. das Paineiras to the foot of the mountain, coordinates: -22.946208, -43.217748. Then leave the car in the parking lot, and then go up the stairs or on the escalator.

Taxis in the city are most often caught on the streets, but there are three applications for ordering: EasyTaxi, 99TAXIS or Uber.

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