Statue of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil
Until the 30s of the XX century, Mount Corcovado attracted the attention of architects and sculptors who dreamed to install on it some national symbol.
In 1921, the popular weekly magazine announced the best monument contest. The project of the little-known engineer Ector da Silva Costa was the winner. He offered to erect a statue of Christ on Corcovada with arms outstretched, embracing the whole Rio de Janeiro. Brazil is a Catholic country and very religious. Everyone liked the idea: the fathers of the city, the public and the church. Jesus Christ hugging the city was the great idea.
The artist Carlos Osvaldo prepared a sketch of the monument. His tall Christ not only embraced the city, but as if he blessed Rio de Janeiro and all its inhabitants. The statue of the Lord expressed compassion, love, sorrow. The figure with outstretched arms resembled a Catholic cross.
A collection of donations for the creation of the statue was announced throughout the country. Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, Don Sebastian Leme asked parishioners to donate.
A few months later, the drawings for the sculpture were ready. According to the draft, an eight-meter pedestal was set on Corcovada, and a thirty-meter figure of Christ was set on it. The weight was about 1145 tones. The project was approved, but in 1922 it was technically impossible to make such a giant sculpture in Brazil, in an agrarian country. It took 10 years before this project began to be implemented. The frame and all details of the cladding were made in France. In 1924, a sculptor made a head and hands.
The statue was taken to Rio de Janeiro in disassembled form, and then lifted to the top of the mountain.
The opening of the monument took place on October 12, 1931. It was a festive occasion not only for Rio de Janeiro, but for the whole of Brazil. In 1965, the Pope Paul VI consecrated the statue of Christ. Annually this monument is visited by more than 1.8 million tourists.
Statue of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil
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