Christ the Redeemer statue is a relatively new monument that was built between the years of 1926 to 1931. The French Sculptor, Paul Landowski and a Brazilian born engineer Heitor da Silva Costa were chosen to supervise the entire construction. The effigy was built in Rio de Janeiro and stands 38 meters high at the summit of Corcovado Mountain. The construction at this location was mainly due to the fact that Brazil has the highest number of baptized Roman Catholics in the world.
After some time they eventually erected a Church at the base of the mountain that houses at least 150 visitors at a time. The magnificent sight was inaugurated on October 12, 1931 with a grand commemoration. The lighting of the statue was to be the highlight of the ceremony. It was planned to be switched on by a notable Italian radio pioneer, Guglielmo Marconi from his yacht in Naples. However the signal strength was interrupted by bad weather and was eventually lit by the workers at Corcovado.
Christ the Redeemer can be reach by the 2.4 meter Corcovado Rack Rail that can carry up to 360 passengers per hour. The trip is approximately 20 minutes and leaves the base each half hour. The train ride itself is labeled with outstanding views and builds the anticipation of the view yet to come. From the train terminal the statue is reached by an additional 222 steps. For those not wanting to trek the rigorous journey up the side of a mountain, you can access the statue through a series of escalators and elevators.
Travel to South America from the Nashville BNA International Airport is easy but may require a few stops in between. There are numerous airlines to accommodate this destination. Sometimes certain places in South America require visas to visit. You will always need a passport when traveling abroad. There are several local travel agencies that are well equipped to handle your travel plans economically and hassle free. Otherwise grab your travel guide and start making plans now.
For Brazil, Christ the Redeemer is one of the country’s most beloved tourist attractions. The busiest season is during Easter celebrations. But there is no bad time to go and visit the amazing monument. Rio De Janeiro is one of the prettiest cities and this landmark is one of the world’s most impressive sights and deserves its Seven Wonders of the World status.