Christ the Redeemer is the statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is considered as the largest Art Deco statue and the 5th tallest statue in the world. This giant figure of Christ stands on the top of the 700 m high Corovado mountain, his arms are stretched out towards the city, as if in blessing. It has become a World renowned icon of the city of Rio.
Though the requests to erect a statue of Christ on Corovado started as back as in the 1850, the plan materialized only in 1920 when the Catholic Circle of Rio organized an event called Semana do Monumento to mobilize funding for the monument. Heitor da Silva Costa created the design and the Polish-French sculptor made the statue. The construction took 9 years to complete and it was finally opened to public on 12th October, 1931. In 2006, on the 75th anniversary of the statue, the Archbishop of Rio consecrated a small chapel under the statue which allows Catholics to hold ceremonies like baptism and weddings.
There are many ways to go up the hill to the Statue from the access located at Rua Cosme Velho. Once you are up there, there are 3 panoramic elevators and 4 escalators to take you to the top.
|Days and Timing||Every day, 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM|
|Entrance Fee||~ R$25|
|By Train||Waiting Time||About 1 to 2 hrs|
|Travel Time||20 mins|
|Fare(roundtrip)||R$30 for adults|
|R$15 for children|
|Concession for senior citizens|
|By Minivans||Waiting Time||Minimal|
|Fare||R$5 per person + R$5 for car|
|By Car||You need to park your car at Paineiras and walk for about 8000ft uphill (not recommended)|
|By Foot||~2 to 4 hours of hike|