5 Facts On Christ The Redeemer That Are Quite Interesting To Hear


5 Facts On Christ The Redeemer That Are Quite Interesting To Hear

The iconic Christ figure in Rid De Janeiro is most popular wonders of the world. The statue, Christ The Redeemer makes us feel good as he stands tall with his hands apart. It looks like he is saving us from all the bad things. This is known as ‘Cristo Redentor’ in Native Portuguese.

In 1889, the Brazilian Republic was formed which separated Church and state. Subsequently, the Catholics were afraid and they run towards the steep edge. After World War I, they thought to have a symbol to prevent fro worries.

Consequently, they called an engineer namely Heitor Da Silva Costa and constructed this amazing statue in 1920. It is looking at the city which is located at Mount Corcovado of Rio De Janeiro.

Interesting Facts On Christ The Redeemer

Certainly, the statue gained popularity due to its massive structure and kind gesture of Christ. However, it looked nothing like it is today. Therefore there are some amazing facts you should know before making your trip there.

1. 9 Years Of Construction

5 Facts On Christ The Redeemer That Are Quite Interesting To Hear
5 Facts On Christ The Redeemer That Are Quite Interesting To Hear

Da Silva Costa designed the statue and he traveled to France in search of a world-class sculptor. He wanted to recreate the divine design he made to reality. Further, he found Paul Landowski, who took 9 years to complete this construction.

Certainly, the construction started in 1922 and ended in 1931 for a total budget of USD 250,000.

2. Prone To Lightning Strikes

The statue is tall and is constructed on the steep, certainly, the Christ The Redeemer is prone to lightning strikes. Around six to eight times, heavy lightning strikes the statue every year. Similarly, before 2014, a heavy lightning stroke and broke a thumb of Christ.

3. Christ The Redeemer Has A Different Design Today

The design made under the supervision of Da silva Costa was different from what we see today. His initial sketch had a large cross in one hand and globe on the other. After that, they went through a series of research from different landscapes under the mount. Consequently, this design with open hands facing the east was then approved.

4. Number Of Tiles Used Will Shock You

5 Facts On Christ The Redeemer That Are Quite Interesting To Hear
5 Facts On Christ The Redeemer That Are Quite Interesting To Hear

The wingspan design of the statue was supported using reinforced concrete. But Silva Costa thought Christ’s face will be more contoured. Subsequently, the idea of using soapstone tiles was implemented. It is estimated that around six million stone tiles were used to construct the entire structure of The Redeemer.

5. Impact On Real Estate By Christ The Redeemer

The real estate of the area was soon improved in Rio De Janeiro. In other words, the area which Christ The Redeemer faces,  is more expensive to buy. If you wish to buy an apartment where a slight glimpse of the statue is visible, you need to pay a million-dollar.

Da Silva Costa proposed this unique design of Christ rather the cross or nailed. Most people, regardless of religion, found this appealing as a sweet welcoming gesture. Many debates have been going on whether he stands for a hug or depicting the cross.

In short, whatever is the reason for his appearance; it is one of the must-visit places. The statue won the place of Seven Wonders of the World with a billion votes.

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