Christ the Redeemer Tavel Guide

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  • Christ the Redeemer Tavel Guide

Christ the Redeemer is located at the peak of the 700-metre Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city. A symbol of Brazilian Christianity, the statue has become an icon for Rio de Janeiro and Brazil.

It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone, weighs 635 tonnes, 30 metres tall, not including its 8-metre pedestal, arms stretch 28 metres wide. The statue was constructed between 1922 and 1931, created by French sculptor Paul Landowski and built by the engineer Heitor da Silva Costa Brazil in collaboration with the French engineer Albert Caquot.

The most popular way to reach the statue is to take the red narrow-gauge train, on board of a centenarian eco-friendly electric train. It departs every 30 minutes, and takes approximately 20 minutes to reach the top, the most beautiful view overlooking Rio de Janeiro is the best thing the city has to offer.