Christ the Redeemer is an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, created by French sculptor Paul Landowski and built by Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, in collaboration with French engineer Albert Caquot. Romanian sculptor Gheorghe Leonida fashioned the face. Constructed between 1922 and 1931, the statue is 30 metres high, excluding its 8-metre pedestal. The arms stretch 28 metres wide.The statue weighs 635 metric tons, and is located at the peak of the 700-metre Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro. A symbol of Christianity across the world, the statue has also become a cultural icon of both Rio de Janeiro and Brazil, and is listed as one of the New7Wonders of the World. It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone.
The summit offers splendid panoramic views of downtown Rio de Janeiro, long shiny beaches and the endless outstretch of the sea. The five-year project of building this monumental statue was originally undertaken to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Brazil’s independence. Some fun facts about the statue include that it has been struck by lightning (which resulted in the damage of two fingers and Christ’s forehead) and that it suffered an act of mindless vandalism in 2010. The iconic statue has been featured in many films and documentaries and took its place in the list of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.