The towering statue of Christ, peacefully stretching his arms across Rio de Janeiro, is as iconic to this Brazilian hub as football and Copacabana Beach.
And while this genteel giant can be spotted from almost anywhere across the city, don’t miss a trip up Corcovado Mountain to see the statue up and close, as well as sprawling views of the urban jungle and waters of the Atlantic Ocean beyond.
Christ the Redeemer facts:
- Cristo Redentor is an official name for this gigantic statue that reaches 32 meters into the sky and sits on the top of the Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park of Brazil.
- Christ the Redeemer statue was built exclusively on the money donated by the Catholic community of Brazil.
- Christ holding open arms was one out of 3 initial architectural drafts options for the statue. The other proposals included Christ holding a globe and a cross.
- Christ the Redeemer Statue is the tallest religious statue in the world with total height reaching 40.44 meters including its foundation.
- In order to reach the statue you need to climb 220 steps, however a flight of escalators was built recently to allow its older or weaker visitors to be able to get to the viewing area.
Christ the Redeemer reviews:
"You get the most incredible 360 views of the Rio coastline, the harbour, the colourful Favelas creeping up the mountains all around you from both Corcavada & Sugar Loaf; the sheer beauty of Rio goes on for miles, I thought it was more spectacular than Sydney – it is absolutely stunning, definitely one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.
Christ the Redeemer is immense standing at around 30 meters plus the plinth, his arms out-stretched to the city to offer protection to his pilgrims. I saw visitors lying down on the ground trying to get the whole statue in their photo, not an easy task but quite amusing to witness them trying. You can appreciate the beauty of the statue more from a distance where you can take in the whole scene, he is visible from most view points around the city and in the evening is light up by a mauve/white light that radiates so he can be seen for miles around"
Eileen Harvard - Head of Finance
"You can see the Christ the Redeemer statue from most of Rio, standing tall watching over the city, but seeing it up close is a magical experience to see the intricate details. It is the largest art deco statue in the world and has become both an icon of Rio and of Brazil. One of the best things about seeing the statue up close is being able to share its magnificent view over the city"
Linda Harris - Product Manager
Our 14-day Pure Brazil trip takes in Rio and a trip up to Christ the Redeemers, as well as the Pantanal, Iguassu Falls and the Amazon rainforest.