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« on: July 10, 2007, 03:09:56 pm »

Hi all, Brooke asked me to profile one of the new seven wonders of the world, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil, so here it goes:

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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2007, 03:10:49 pm »



Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2007, 03:11:34 pm »

Christ the Redeemer (Portuguese: Cristo Redentor), is a statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The statue stands 38 m (105 feet) tall, weighs 700 tons and is located at the peak of the 700-m (2296-foot) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park at 22°57′5″S, 43°12′39″W, overlooking the city.[1][2]

As well as being a potent symbol of the Christianity, the statue has become an icon of Rio and Brazil. On July 7th, 2007, Christ the Redeemer was voted as one of New Open World Corporation's New Seven Wonders of the World.
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2007, 03:12:18 pm »


Christ the Redeemer with Corcovado in background
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2007, 03:17:36 pm »

History

The idea for erecting a large statue atop Corcovado had been around since the mid 1850s, when Catholic priest Pedro Maria Boss requested financing from Princess Isabel to build a large religious monument. Princess Isabel did not think much of the idea, which was completely dismissed in 1889, when Brazil became a Republic, with laws mandating the separation of church and state.


The second proposal for a large landmark statue on the mountain was made in 1921 by the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro. The archdiocese organized an event called Semana do Monumento ("Monument Week") to attract donations, which came mostly from Brazilian Catholics. The designs considered for the "Statue of the Christ" included a representation of the Christian cross, a statue of Jesus with a globe in his hands, and a pedestal symbolizing the world. Eventually the statue of Christ the Redeemer with open arms was chosen.

Local engineer Heitor da Silva Costa was chosen to oversee the construction of the new monument, to be designed by Paul Landowski, French monument sculptor of Polish origin. A group of engineers and technicians studied Landowski's submissions and the decision was made to build the structure out of reinforced concrete (designed by Albert Caquot) instead of steel, more suitable for the cross-shaped statue. The outer layers of the statue are soapstone, chosen for its enduring qualities and ease of use. The stone for the monument was taken from Limhamn, in Malmö, Sweden.

The monument was opened on October 12, 1931.

In October 2006, on the statue's 75th anniversary, Archbishop of Rio Cardinal Eusebio Oscar Scheid consecrated a chapel (named for the patron saint of Brazil - Nossa Senhora Aparecida) under the statue. This allows Catholics to hold baptisms and weddings there

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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2007, 03:19:54 pm »

It's a monumental statue, but anyone who has seen my Statue of Liberty thread knows where my loyalties lie! 
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