Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro

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Christ the Redeemer, or Cristo Redentor, is a statue of Christ that stands on a mountain above Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

One of the most famous statues in the world, and a celebrated symbol of Rio, Christ the Redeemer was built in Art Deco style, and officially opened in 1931. In fact, the idea of building a statue on top of Corcovado mountain had been proposed as far back as the 1850s, but it wasn’t until 1920 that a decision was made to go ahead with a project. Several ideas were put forward for the statue, including a cross and a statue of Christ with the world in his hands. The final design, depicting Christ with his arms out, symbolises peace.

Despite measuring 30 metres in height, Cristo Redentor is not the biggest stature of Christ in the world; that honour goes to the Christ the King statue in Świebodzin, Poland.

Visitors to Cristo Redentor can take an electric train, the Trem do Corcovado, up to the statue. The train climbs through the forests of the Tijuca National Park to a station that’s within easy reach of the monument. The line opened in 1884, long before there was a statue, and steam trains were originally used to transport visitors up Corcovado to take in the spectacular views of Rio. The line was also used to transport building materials up the mountain during construction of Christ the Redeemer.

Round-trip tickets include admission to the monument.