Christ the Redeemer, one of the 7 Modern Wonders of the World, is a major bucket list item for travelers all over the world, whether religious or not. The enormous statue of Christ (known as Christo Redentor in Brazilian Portuguese) stands watch over the stunning city of Rio de Janeiro – creating the perfect opportunity for tourists to visit a modern wonder while enjoying one of the most vibrant, exciting cities in the world.
Fast Facts About Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer is the most visited and most well-known icon in Rio de Janeiro. Approximately 2 million people visit Christ the Redeemer every year – and the numbers continue to grow.
The statue is HUGE. Christ the Redeemer is the largest religious statue anywhere in the world. He weighs 635 metric tons and is made entirely of concrete and soapstone. He stands 30 meters tall, and his arms reach to a span of 28 meters wide. He is one of the tallest points in the city at 2300 feet above sea level.
Christ was EXTREMELY expensive. When the statue was built in the 1920s, it cost the equivalent of 3.3 million US dollars today.