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Debangana Sen Jun 02 2014

Which are unknown facts about Christ the Redeemer?

Anupriya Bedi Jun 02 2014
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These 10 unknown facts about Christ the Redeemer are bound to leave you amazed! Make use of the LTC Deal to avail great cashback offers! The Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio De Janeiro is situated at the peak of the Corcovado Mountain. It is the face of Rio City, Brazil and seems to welcome all its visitors with open arms.

1. The statue is popularly known as Christo Redentor in Portuguese, which translates to Christ the Redeemer.

Christ the Redeemer Statue (by Paul Landowski)

2. This amazing statue was included in the new list of the Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.

Photo of Panoramic view of Christ the Redeemer (by Artyominc)

3. The 30 m tall Christ the Redeemer statue sits atop a steep mountain and is often hit by lightning. The latest strike was in January 2014 when the statue suffered some damages on its hand.

Night view of the statue (by Alan Lima Brandao)

4. There is a small chapel at the base of the statue where weddings and baptism ceremonies take place. The chapel is one of the many unknown facts about Christ the Redeemer.

5. Visitors cannot go inside the statue. There is a staircase inside all the way up to the chest of the statue. There are two tunnels here, one into the left arm and another to the right arm. Maintenance workers are the only people who are allowed to go inside the statue.

Sunset (by Charlie Phillips)

6. There is a replica of Christ the Redeemer in Almada, Portugal. It was built in 1959 and was named “Christ the King” (Cristo-Rei). The statue stands 110 m tall and offers some of the most beautiful views of Lisbon.

Cristo Rei, Almada (by pedrosimoes7)

7. The building of Christ the Redeemer cost a whopping USD 250,000 and was built exclusively using money donated by the Catholic community of Brazil. In the 1920s, the Catholic Church sent volunteers all around Rio de Janeiro to ask for donations.

Christ the Redeemer (by dany13)

8. One has to take a train from Rio, then an elevator, or walk 222 steps to reach the statue of Christ the Redeemer.

Photo of Train that takes you atop Corvocado Mountain (by Halley Pacheco de Oliveira)

9. Construction on this gargantuan statue started in 1922 and it took 9 years to complete. It was officially presented to the public by the Brazilian president Getulio Vargas in 1931.

10. The head of the statue alone is made up of 50 individual parts.

Christ the Redeemer's Head (by Dkoukoul)

These were 10 unknown facts about Christ the Redeemer that are sure to intrigue you. Plan a trip soon and don't forget to use the LTC Deal to avail a great cashback!

Monojit Ghosh Aug 14 2014
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