7 Wonders of the World Pictures, The Statue of Christ Redeemer, Brazil, 7 Wonders of the World Names
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This statue of Jesus stands some 38 meters tall, atop the Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro.
Designed by Brazilian Heitor da Silva Costa and created by French sculptor Paul Landowski, it is one of the world’s best-known monuments.
The statue took five years to construct and was inaugurated on October 12, 1931. It has become a symbol of the city and of the warmth of the Brazilian people, who receive visitors with open arms.
Rio de Janeiro welcomed the New7Wonders team with arms as open as those of the Christ Redeemer statue high on the Corcovado mountain above the city. After everyone took the historic Corcovado train up the steep hill through jungle-like vegetation, the ceremony began with a military band playing Brazil’s national anthem, followed by a chorus singing one of the most famous and best-loved local songs about the city.
True Brazilian energy and passion came through as the audience joined in for both songs. Several lively speeches followed, led by Savio Neves, the Director of the Corcovado Train and hence of the entire monument site, who called for Brazilians of all ages to vote for the Christ Redeemer.
Paulo Senise, the Executive Director of the Rio Convention and Visitors Bureau, underlined how much welcoming foreigners was a part of the Brazilian mentality – whether tourists or, historically, people from many different cultures.
Officials from the Brazilian government, the Rio de Janeiro Chamber of Commerce and the National Parks institution spoke and appealed to all the various segments of the Brazilian population to support their greatest national monument.
The official certificate of candidacy was handed to Cardinal Eusebio Oscar Scheid in front of the statue framed by brilliant blue skies spotted with few clouds. Cardinal Scheid noted that the statue symbolized the joyous, embracing qualities of the “Cariocas” or citizens of Rio, and indeed of all Brazilians.
After the handover, a group of samba dancers from the Grande Rio samba school danced to the contagious beat of their band.
Dressed in their Carnaval finest with high feathered headdresses and glitter, the dancers celebrated the passion of the Brazilian people. The many journalists and tourists who were there could not help but move with the music – just like the New7Wonders team.