Atop Mt. Corcovado in Brazil stands a one hundred and thirty foot tall statue of Jesus Christ known as the Cristo Redentor, which translates to Christ the Redeemer. Its arms are outspread, looking over the beautiful city of Rio De Janeiro. In 2007, this famous landmark was chosen as one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. Built in the 1920’s, the statue is a symbol of Brazil’s independence and a manifestation of Christianity in the city. To this day, this iconic masterpiece continues to inspire the masses with its simplistic yet utterly breathtaking beauty.
This huge statue was constructed beginning in 1921, and was completed in 1931. It was built in honor of the one hundredth anniversary of Brazil’s 1822 independence from Portugal. In 1500, the Portuguese landed in Brazil and claimed it as their territory. In the early 1800’s, Prince Dom Pedro of Brazil “ fell in love with Brazil” (“History”). Even after he became king of Portugal, he continued to live there. According to “this made Brazil the only New World colony to ever have a European monarch ruling on its soil” (“History”). In 1822, he declared Brazil an independant country.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, Rio’s population exceeded one million, a quarter of the inhabitants foreign-born. The years between 1920 and 1960 are considered by many to be Rio de Janeiro’s “golden years”. Reasons for this include the sudden population boom, overall increased trade with the U.S. and Europe, Brazil’s participation in the 1920 summer olympics, as
Marshall 2 well as the construction of beautiful buildings such as the city’s the grand hotels and universities. Rio quickly became a center of romance and culture and attracted people from around the world.
In 1859 Pedro Mari...
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...r the outside of the monument came from mountains just north of Rio. Women volunteers helped prepare the small triangular tiles, and many of them wrote on the back of the tiles before sending them off. To this day their messages, wishes, and names of loved ones cover the entirety of the exquisite figure(Bowater). It was finished in October of 1931.
Although Rio de Janeiro is a multicultural and multireligious community, the Cristo Redentor does not cause contention among the people. They see it as more than just a religious symbol for christians. It represents the brotherhood of separate nations, due to Europe's help in the effort, as well as the hope of Rio, due to the messages of the tiles, and the fact that it stands as a symbol to the world of Rio’s existence. This magnificent statue brings people from all over the world to marvel at its massive size and beauty.