CHRIST THE REDEEMER - RIO DE JANEIRO
Christ the Redeemer was inaugurated on October 12, 1931, a day that also marks the Our Lady of Aparecida, patroness of Brazil. It is a statue of Jesus Christ, which is in the Corcovado hill (Rio de Janeiro).
Project participated the sculptors Paul Landowsi, the plastic artist Carlos Oswald and the engineer Heitor da Silva Costa.
It measures 38 meters in height (including its pedestal of 8 meters), weighs 1,145 tons and measures 28 meters from the edge of one side to another and is at a height of 709 meters above sea level. The statue is currently National Historical Patrimony.
Christ is the most photographed tourist attraction in the country. Since the year 2000, when it received new lighting, the monument and its approaches have been subjected to a process of revitalization. The most prominent was the opening of the mechanized access in 2002, with panoramic elevators and escalators. So you do not have
that do front the 220 steps leading up to the foot of the statue.
In 2003 he made a series of works of great importance when it opened an access to facilitate the elderly and disabled through escalators and elevators thus facilitating the rise of the platform where the statue stands. Nowadays Christ the Redeemer is a symbol of all Brazilians and foremost a symbol of devotion for millions of Catholics in Brazil.
It is possible from the October 12, 2003 perform weddings and celebrations of catholic rites using the chapel of Our Lady of Aparecida, in the base of the statue.
On July 7, 2007, in Lisbon, at the Stadium of Light, was named ONE OF THE NEW SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD. The vote is based on the popular vote (Internet and telephone), this vote was over a hundred million votes. The Christ Redeemer remains one of the largest Brazilian postcards and can now be seen as one of the wonders of the world.
The tourists who visit the Christ the Redeemer can leave there with several souvenirs offered in several outlets. The most popular are shirts with pictures of the sculpture, in plaster or wood miniatures are also highly sought after as well as key chains, plates and cups. In addition to posing for pictures, you can see most of Rio de Janeiro and its beautiful beaches.
How to get there:
There are two entrances to the monument, the most appreciated is in the Cosme Velho Street No. 513 where is possible to upload on a train in the schedule of 8:30 to 18:30 everyday with a duration in the ride of 20 minutes, children under 6 are free and people older than 60 years pay half on Wednesday and Thursday. The train travels the Corcovado railway (opened by the Emperor Dom Pedro II in 1884). Along the way, you can appreciate the forest of Tijuca, considered the largest urban forest in the world.
The other access can be done by car, but on weekends and holidays is congested. There is another option, park the vehicle in Paineiras and walk for about 2.5 km uphill.
You can also find accredited vans. The price varies according to the day of the week.
At the peak - Christ the Redeemer has three panoramic elevators. The access is through an area that serves both visitors arriving by car and arriving at the train platform of the Corcovado Ferrea Way. There are also four escalators, with the traffic capacity of 9,000 people per hour. The trip begins there, since from the tower of 31 meters high already you can have a view of the city.
Where to stay
Airport Othon Travel Hotel
Lancaster Othon Travel Hotel
Royalty Barra Hotel
Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Hotel