Corcovado in the clouds - a Rio Icon by John Dalkin

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Statue of Christ the Redeemer is located at the top of Corcovado Mountain at a height of 710 meters,
Statue of Christ the Redeemer Brazil (Brasil) is certainly one of the world’s best known and most visited monuments. The statue of Christ the Redeemer represents Jesus standing with outstretched, welcoming arms and is one of the most famous symbols of this lively city.

The entire monument of statue of Christ the Redeemer is 38m high with the statue accounting for 30m, the span from finger tip to fingertip is 28m and there is a small chapel housed in the base. As a vantage point it offers superb views of downtown Rio de Janeiro, the bay, Sugarloaf Mountain and Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches.

The monument of statue was inaugurated on the day of Our Lady of Aparecida, 12 Oct 1931 by then President of Brazil, Getulio Vargas and cardinal Dom Sebastiao Leme .

The original design of statue of Christ the Redeemer Brazil was done by a Brazilian, named Heitor da Silva Costa. He was also the engineer in charge of the construction. He shared the project with French sculptor Paul Landowski. It was built from 1926 to 1931, with funds raised from donations.


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  • Sonia  Lopresti
    Sonia Loprestialmost 4 years ago

    very well captured. Wonderful site! You must be able to view this statue from very far as it sounds huge.

    HELUAalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful image! Thanks for the info as well. There is a similar statue in Lisbon, have to read up on that one:) xx

  • Thanks for your comment about the statue in Rio, and yes, I have seen the one in Lisbon — we saw it when our cruise left Portugal on its way to Rio !! and then on to Antarctica.
    best wishes

    – John Dalkin

  • David Davies
    David Daviesalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful picture and narrative, John!

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • lynmel
    lynmelalmost 4 years ago

    John, this shot is so powerful.

  • dominiquelandau
    dominiquelandaualmost 4 years ago

    Que saudades!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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