Christ the Redeemer, is a statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The statue’s features areÂ 30 metres (98 feet tall), weight 700 tons. It is located at the peak of the 700 m (2,296 ft) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city. The tallest of its kind in the world.
A symbol of Christianity, the statue has become an icon of Rio and Brazil. When the decision to make such a statue was made. several designs were considered likeÂ a representation of the Christian cross, a statue of Jesus with a globe in his hands, and a pedestal symbolizing the world. But The statue of Christ the Redeemer with open arms was finally decided.
As of 7 July 2007, Christ the Redeemer was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a list compiled by the Swiss-based The New Open World Corporation.
The statue was struck by lightning during a violent electrical storm on Sunday, February 10, 2008. (7th thumbnail in the above gallery). The storm caused havoc in Rio, felling trees in several neighbourhoods, but the statue was left unscathed.