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Ultimate Trivia About Christ the Redeemer Statue

Amruta Deshpande Jan 2, 2021
Take this challenge and find out for yourself how well you know the facts about Christ the Redeemer!
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Christ the Redeemer or Cristo Redentor is the fourth largest colossal statue of Jesus Christ in the world with his arms wide open and looks to be in the form of a cross when seen from a distance.
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Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
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Interesting Fact
Weighing 635 metric tons, the largest Art Deco Statue in the world, Christ the Redeemer, is located on top of the 2,310 Ft high Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park.
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Although the final design of the monument was not chosen, the foundation stone was ceremonially laid on 4th April 1922 to commemorate the centennial day of Brazil’s independence from Portugal.
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The foundation stone of Christ the Redeemer was laid in 1922 and the construction took place under the supervision of Heitor de Silva Costa between 1926 and 1931.
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Pedro Maria Boss, a Catholic priest was so impressed by the view from Mount Corcovado that in 1859 he proposed to build the statue to Isabella the daughter & heir of Dom Pedro II, the then Emperor of Brazil.
Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
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Cool Fact
Overlooking the scenic city of Rio de Janerio, the statue excluding its 8 metre pedestal stands tall at 30 metres and has a width of 28- metres. The statue faces East and the two arms point to the North & South respectively.
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The actual statue was first made in France by the French sculptor Paul Landowski into clay pieces. These were then shipped to Brazil to be remade by Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa and French engineer Albert Caquot.
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The statue was built using reinforced concrete and has an outer shell of 6 million soapstone tiles. The light-colored stone used to build the statue was taken from a quarry near the city of Ouro Preto.
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Cool Fact
As the statue is located on top of Mount Corcovado, it experiences 3 to 5 lightning strikes every year. However, in 2008 and 2014 the lightning strike broke off parts of the statue’s fingers and damaged the head.
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Christ the Redeemer was voted as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World along with the likes of Taj Mahal, Colosseum, Great Wall of China, Rose City of Petra, Machu Picchu and Chichen Itza on the 07th day of the 07th month in the year 2007.
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