In the meantime, we look at the symbol of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil as a whole – the statue of Christ the Redeemer. Elected one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
In Rio de Janeiro opened XXXI Summer Olympic Games.
What is the “new wonders of the world”? This famous architectural structures of the world, the choice of which came via SMS, phone or Internet. The Colosseum, the Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu, Petra in Jordan, the Taj Mahal, the Chichén Itzá in the north of the Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico) and the Statue of Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer Statue – Symbol of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil:
Get to the statue, you can also drive on the highway passing through the Tijuca National Park. Tijuca Forest is the largest forested area in the world, located in the city.
At the top of the leads and electric railway (the first in Brazil), with sailing on her miniature train.
When she appeared? In 1921, the approaching centenary of National Independence of Brazil (1822) was inspired by the city fathers – Rio de Janeiro was then the capital of Brazil – the creation of the statue of Christ the Redeemer. Magazine “Cruzeiro” announced fundraising for subscription to the construction of the monument.
The construction of the statue lasted about 9 years – from 1922 to 1931.
The original sketch of the monument designed by the artist Carlos Oswald. It was he who suggested to depict Christ with open arms in a gesture of blessing, paternal figure from a distance would look like a huge cross. In the original pedestal for the statue I had to be in the form of the globe.
For a number of technological reasons to create such a huge statue in Brazil was then impossible to do it in France.
October 12, 1931 the grand opening and consecration of the monument, which became a symbol of Rio de Janeiro.
he height of the statue – 38 m, including the pedestal – 8 m; Hand scope -. 28 m Weight – 1145 tons. Being the highest point in the neighborhood, the statue several times a year becomes a lightning target.
Over the past 45 years the statue repaired twice – in 1980 and 1990. In 2003 the rise, leading to the observation deck, equipped with escalators.
Every year at least 1.8 million tourists ascend to his foot with panoramic views of the city and the bay with a picturesque mountain Sugar Loaf , the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, a huge bowl of the stadium “Maracana”.
April 16, 2010 the statue for the first time in its history, was attacked by vandals. On the face and hands of the statue of black paint were applied labels ( ‘cat from home – click in the dance “and so forth.)
The Catholic Diocese of special stores stock the stone from which the statue was erected, to restore the damaged parts of the statue of lightning.