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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — Southeast Region (Coastal)
 

Christ the Redeemer Monument

Corcovado Train

 

Cristo Retender

 
<i> Cristo Retender </i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 13, 2009
1. Cristo Retender Marker
Inscription.
Uma história de fé
A history of faith

[Text in Portuguese: ...]
De braços abertos sobre a cidade, abençoando-a, o monumento ao Cristo Redentor, foi inaugurado em 12 outubro de 1931 pelo Presidente Getúlio Vargas e o Cardeal Sebastião Leme.

Construido de concreto armado e revestido de pequenos triangulares de pedra-sabão, todas as suas peças foram transportadas ao alto pelo Trem do Corcovado. A obra executada no pico do Morro do Corcovado é equivalente a um prédío de 13 andares, mais de 700 metros de altura. Ela foi Concluida sob enormes dificuldades, entre elas fenômenos naturais como ventos de grande velocidade.

A igreja contratou o engenheiro Heitor da Silva Costa para fazer o projeto e acompanhamento da obra, que contou com a coaboração do artista plástico Carlos Oswald. O artista franco-polonês Paul Landowski fez a cabeça do Cristo, e a escultora Margarida Lopes esculpiu as mãos da estátua usando como o mode suas próprias mãos. O acompanhamento detalhado do engenheiro Heitor Levy garantiu uma obra sem acidentes.

O grande desafio da equipe responsável pelo projeto era aliar à imagem a leveza e serenidade do Criador , cuja expressão do rosto deveria transmitir majestade e candura a despeito de suas grandes proporções. Do inicio do projeto
Christ the Redeemer Statue Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 13, 2009
2. Christ the Redeemer Statue Marker
- close up of the statue's inauguration photo, 1931.
até a sua conclusão passaram-se dez anos. E, apesar dos riscos, nenhum acidente foi registrado durante as obras.

Construído principalmente através de doações dos paroquianos do Rio de Janeiro , é uma das mais arrojadas obras da engenharia nacional.

Em 1980 o Papa João Paulo II esteve no Brasil e visitou o Cristo Redentor fazendo o passeio no Trem do Corcovado. No cume, sua Santidade abençoou a cidade e o pais.

[Text in English]
The monument of Christ the Redeemer, with wide-open arms to bless the city, was inaugurated on October 12, 1931 by President Getúlio Vargas and Cardinal Sebastião Leme.

Made of reinforced concrete and coated with small triangular pieces of soapstone, all its parts were transported to the top by the Corcovado Train. The structure atop the Corcovado Hill stands over 700 meters high and measures the equivalent of a 13-storey building. It was concluded amidst huge difficulties, among them stormy weather and other natural phenomena like winds of great velocity.

To design and monitor the work, the Church hired engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, who utilized the services of artist Carlos Oswald. The Franco-Polish artist Paul Landowski made the statue’s head, and sculptor Margarida Lopes gave the statue the hands, using her own hands as the model. Careful follow-up by the engineer Heitor Levy ensured
Christ the Redeemer Statue - in the fog atop Corcovado image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 13, 2009
3. Christ the Redeemer Statue - in the fog atop Corcovado
that the work site was without any accidents.

The huge challenge facing the project team was to give the image the gentleness and serenity of the Creator, whose facial expression would have to transmit majesty and purity despite its immense stature. The project took 10 years to be completed. Despite the risks, not a single accident was recorded during the work.

Constructed mainly from donations from parishioners of Rio de Janeiro, it is one of the most audacious works of Brazilian Engineering.

During his trip to Brazil in 1980, Pope John Paul, II visited the Christ the Redeemer Monument and took a ride on the Corcovado Train. From the hilltop, His Holiness blessed the city and the nation.
 
Location. 22° 56.455′ S, 43° 11.913′ W. Marker is in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro. Marker can be reached from Estrada de Ferro Corcovado just south of Rota Cosme Velho. Touch for map. Marker is on the platform of the Corcovado Rack Railway Terminal, in the Cosme Velho district, northeast of the Parque Nacional da Tijuca and the Christ the Redeemer Statue. Marker is in this post office area: Rio de Janeiro 22241-150, Brazil.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Augusto Ferreira Ramos (approx. 3.6 kilometers away); Cristovão Leite de Castro
Christ the Redeemer Statue - beginning to emerge image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 13, 2009
4. Christ the Redeemer Statue - beginning to emerge
(approx. 4.4 kilometers away); CCAPA (approx. 4.4 kilometers away); Ordem Terceira do Carmo Church (approx. 4.8 kilometers away); Praça 15 de Novembro (approx. 4.9 kilometers away); João Cândido Felisberto Memorial (approx. 5 kilometers away); APA das Pontas de Copacabana e Arpoador (approx. 5.2 kilometers away); Copacabana Fort (approx. 5.2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rio de Janeiro.
 
Also see . . .  New Seven Wonders of the World. (Submitted on June 13, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Tijuca National Park; rack railway; Trem do Corcovado
 
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Christ the Redeemer Statue - picture of the day image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 13, 2009
5. Christ the Redeemer Statue - picture of the day
<i>O Cristo Retendor</i> image. Click for more information.
By Rodrigo Gomes da Paixão, July 8, 2007
6. O Cristo Retendor
Photographed the day after the statue was declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
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View of the "rack" railway track - from the tram climbing Corcovado image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 13, 2009
7. View of the "rack" railway track - from the tram climbing Corcovado
Tourist view Rio from tram approaching the monument image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 13, 2009
8. Tourist view Rio from tram approaching the monument
 
 
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