Rio de Janeiro: Christ the Redeemer

Got to see one of the most iconic works of art in the world. The Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks the city of Rio from Corcovado Mountain (Hunchback Mountain).

Christ the Redeemer is an art decor 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 98 feet high, excluding its 26 foot pedestal. The arms stretch 92 feet wide.

It is a most impressive site.

We walked the 220 steps up (easy peasy after walking 10-15,000 steps a day so far on this trip), but it started pouring and we got pretty soaked. Oh, well. Still very cool.

Please, if you are overly sensitive, stop reading here because I am going to make an insensitive joke:

I believe that the priest, Pedro Maria Boss, who conceived this magnificent idea wanted people from all over the world to come to invoke the name of his Lord.

It worked.

The top of the mountain is VERY crowded and everyone is totally rude, not considerate of anyone around them, posing for pictures, stopping wherever, to get the “perfect” selfie. So, what happens is, all you hear, in dozens of languages is people muttering something like, “Jesus Christ, can you please get these  f’ing assholes out of my way?”  (Though not sure that is EXACTLY what Father Pedro had in mind 😀)

Anyway, onto to another iconic site this afternoon – Sugarloaf Mountain.

One thought on “Rio de Janeiro: Christ the Redeemer

  1. Pretty neat to see the statue close up and to learn about it on Wickopedia. I don’t know Sugarloaf, so will stay tuned…

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