Sometimes we normally call it Christ the Redeemer or sometime Cristo Redentor, it is located at somewhere in Portuguese, a larger-than-life statuary of Jesus Christ with his arms outspread, a sign of peace that stands almost 40 meters high. The statuette is perched above Rio de Janeiro, at about 700-meter high Corcovado Mountain. It gives you spectacular views of downtown Rio de Janeiro, the bay or ocean, Sugarloaf Mountain, Copacabana beach, and Ipanema Beach. All these beautiful icon, surrounding and environment are located somewhere in the vicinity of Ipanema land and hometown.
The sculpture of Jesus with his open arms gives the impression he is welcoming people who are visiting this area. You, believe it or not, the space between his arms from fingertip to fingertip is almost 28 meters. Further to this context there is a small chapel positioned at the base of the statuary that has a capacity of holding a horde of more than 150 tourists.
While going to the summit of Corcovado Mountain you will find a statuary is built a way before. In fact, a railway was inaugurated some time back in 1884 with the idea of taking visitors to the top of the mountain to enjoy over Rio de Janeiro. Christ the Redeemer statuette construction started in 1926 — more than 40 years later. The Corcovado summit is almost 710 meters high above sea level. It is believed the French priest Pierre-Marie Bos had the idea of erecting a statuary at such a height, but unfortunately he lived most of his lifetime in Rio de Janeiro, he had died several years before starting the erection of the statue.
Have you all ever heard the reason for building up such statuary on the top of the hill? Yes, it is true the sculpture was built to celebrate the 100 years anniversary of independence of Brazil from Portugal. Almost 5 years consumed in building up Christ the Redeemer Statue right from 1926 to 1931. Despite taking safety measures of the construction site at that time, it is believed several workers had died or injured during the process of construction. At that time, it was wrongly believed that Christ himself blessed the construction.