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Did you know that Christ the Redeemer is considered as one of the 7 New Wonders of the World as it has been recognized for it's outstanding size, structure and beauty? Do you know how big the statue is? How long ago it was built? Who designed the figure of Christ the Redeemer? Read our facts sheet to learn the answers to these interesting questions.

Fun Fact 1 Christ the Redeemer is a humungous statue located in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil overlooking the city.

Fun Fact 2 The huge statue of Christ is located at the peak of the Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park. The peak of the mountain is 700 metres high.

Fun Fact 3: Between the years 1931 - 2010, Christ the Redeemer was considered the World's biggest Art Deco statue.

Fun Fact 4: The statue was nominated as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World during the year 2007. It has world wide fame and is regarded as manmade marvel.

Fun Fact 5: The religious statue of Christ the Redeemer is a huge tourist attraction in Brazil where many people visit to pray and worship Jesus Christ.

Fun Fact 6: The height of the Christ the Redeemer statue is approximately 38 meters tall including its pedestal.

Fun Fact 7: The open arms of the statue are one of the most striking features. The width of the out stretched arms is approximately 28 meters.

Fun Fact 8: The idea of constructing a huge religious monument on top of the Corcovado mountain was suggested by a Catholic priest in the mid 19th Century. The priest was called Pedro Maria Boss.

Fun Fact 9: In 1921, the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro began raising funds for the construction of the statue. It took approximately one year to raise enough money and construction started almost straight away. The Catholics of Brazil were particularly enthusiastic about raising money toward the statue's construction.

Fun Fact 10: Many design ideas were suggested for the statue including a cross and a statue holding a globe.

Fun Fact 11: The design which was eventually chosen came from a Brazilian engineer named Heitor da Silva Costa. The statue was sculptured by a French sculptor called Paul Landowski.

Fun Fact 12: The Christ the Redeemer statue depicts Jesus Christ holding his arms wide open. The statue is so big that it is visible across the city. It symbolizes welcome, faith and acceptance.

Fun Fact 13: The famous statue of Christ the Redeemer is recognized across the world. It has featured in many movies, documentaries and video games.

Fun Fact 14: In Brazil, the statue of Christ the Redeemer is known as 'Cristo Redentor'.

Fun Fact 15: As the statue is located so high off the ground, it was imperative that is should be protected from all kinds of weather conditions and storms. Therefore, it was constructed by using reinfoced concrete covered with limestone.

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