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All You Need To Know About Christ the Redeemer

June 23, 2014

Arguably the most recognizable landmark (manmade or otherwise) in South America, images of Christ the Redeemer are constatly on our TV screens or in our magazines!

But what do you actually know about this iconic statue?


Christ the Redeemer, or Cristo Redento in the local Portuguese, sits atop Corcovado Mountain overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro and was built between 1926 and 1931 as a symbol to Christianity in Brazil. Christ the Redeemer was thought to be the largest Art Deco statue in the world up until 2010 when it was knocked off the top spot by Poland’s Christ the King. However at 30 metres (98 ft) tall, not including its 8 metres (26 ft) pedestal, and 28 metres (92 ft) wide, it is a feat of engineering, being visible from most areas in Rio!

Indeed, Christ the Redeemer overlooks the city in the grandest of fashions. Nestled at the top of Corcovado, 2,300ft above the city, in the Tijuca Forest National Park, the statue is constructed from concrete and soapstone and needs to be restored every few years due to wind erosion. As it is located on one of the most loved cities on the continent, Christ the Redeemer has become a symbol of South America and is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the world.

It is also one of the three South American locations to be named on the list of the New 7 Wonders of the World! Why not let Tango Tours help you visit this must-see tourist destination, alongside Machu Picchu in Peru and Easter Island off the coast of Chile?

Tango Tours offers a wide selection of tours to Rio de Janeiro and each gives you the opportunity to visit Christ the Redeemer and be in awe of this wonderful statue. Of course, any trip to the peak of Corcovado also affords you the most spectacular views across Rio de Janeiro, the amazing cityscape and the stunning Guanabara Bay, including Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Check them out on our website, give us a call or pop into the office today! 

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