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Today the Cristo Redentor ("Christ the Redeemer") statue is the symbol of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil and one of the 7 Wonders of the World, but there was a time when the massive Art Deco rendering of Christ overlooking the city was only a dream of the people.
Building a large Christian statue atop the Corcovado (“hunchback” in Portuguese) first became an idea in 1850 as a monument to Princess Isabel, but the project was put on hold.
Brazil became a republic in 1889, but with the new separation of church and state the idea was abandoned. It would be another 30 years until another proposal.
In 1920 the giant population of Brazilian Catholics collected signatures and raised donations under the name of "The Catholic Circle of Rio."
There was much debate: the Christian cross, a statue of Jesus with a globe in his hands... but in the end the Christ opening his arms over the city was chosen as a symbol of peace.
It was an incredible architectural endeavor designed by local engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, sculpted by France’s Paul Landowski and the face etched by Romania’s Gheorghe Leonida.
You can take a tram, van, or bus to get to the base of the statue. Of course, you can also hike up or take a taxi. No need to give an address, every driver will know how to get there.
Tickets are necessary to enter the park.
- When to visit8:00AM - 7:00PM
- What is the price?The entrance to the park is 50 Brazilian reales (about $22 USD).
- Will I need a guide?It's not necessary, but it surely could enrich your experience.
- How to get thereTram, van, bus, taxi, or hiking from the base
- Additional tipsGo early in the morning to avoid crowds and get the best photos. The sun will be behind the statue after midday. | If riding the tram, sit in the very back to get the best views.
What People Are Saying About Christ the Redeemer
Normally we are not for sightseeing tours in a group. But this tour covered the most important sights in a day and because of the distances this was the best way to do it. And because it was a small group (seven guests) it was nearly a private tour. Very knowledgeable tour guide - thanks Alex! We can highly recommend it
Picked up at hotel right on time. Van held about 12 passengers. Great air conditioning. Guide was Steve. He spoke perfect American English to the extent I thought he was from the US. Driver, who complimented Steve excellently, was Marcello who drove safely through unbelievable traffic snarls to get us to each site. They made arrangements to allow our group to bypass long lines for entry into major sites. Were very helpful to those of us with mobility problems Introduced us to unique (for me) restaurant with delicious food and reasonable prices. I can't think of any sight we might have missed through this well planned itinerary. I can't think of a better more knowledgeable guide who could express himself perfectly in my language. FYI, the name of the company, per the side of the van, was Local55.
If I had not enquired I wouldn't have known changed time. Weather was awful. No point in going up at all least of all to keep changing times.
Group comprised of 3 businessmen who have travelled to RJ several times for meetings without seeing anything of the city. Alexander of c2rio organized a fantastic tour including the main spots. Alexander was flexible (early pick-up due to evening flight, late lunch), yet super realiable. Tour was in a modern and clean SUV. Alexander is very knowledgeable on RJ, Brazil and its people (history, culture, living, etc.) and fluent in several languages (Portuguese, English, German). I highly recommend c2rio and Alexander and will book him again when we have our next business trip to RJ.
We were able to see more of Rio's greatest sites in one day than most people do in a week. This tour is for those who do not have a lot of time in the city but would like to cover a lot of ground. I am an active adventurous person so the climbing from place to place was a great balance amongst the driving portions of the tour. Edmundo was a helpful and informative guide who was more than willing to answer all of our questions and offer a complete picture of his city. Do bring a snack or be prepared to buy one as lunch comes quite late in the day.