Friday, June 17, 2011

Statue of Christ Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro

Statue of Christ Redeemer (Portuguese: Cristo Redentor) is a statue of Jesus Christ with the largest Art Deco architectural style and located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The statue has a height of 38 meters and is located at the top of Corcovado Mountain is 710 m high in the Tijuca Forest National Park, overlooking the city. This statue is a symbol of Christianity, and became a symbol of city pride. This statue of an open hand be seen by many as a sign of the warmth of the Brazilian population.

The idea to build a large statue atop Corcovado had emerged 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 respond gagsan, which was then altogether forgotten in 1889, when Brazil became a republic, with laws requiring 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 Christ" included a representation of the Christian cross, a statue of Jesus with a globe in his hand, and a pedestal symbolizing the world. Eventually the statue of Christ the Redeemer with open arms selected.