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The Second Wonder of the World - Christ the Redeemer located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Christ the Redeemer is a giant statue of Jesus Christ. It is the largest Art Deco statue in the world, standing 39.6 meters high and weighs 635 tons. Constructed between 1922 and 1931, it’s built on peak of the Corcovado Mountain which is 700 meters high and overlooks the city.
The concept of constructing a Christian religion symbol was though by Catholic Priest Pedro Maria Boss during 1850’s. At that time Brazil was ruled by a monarch rule which was led by Princess Isabel and she did not consider construction of such a structure important and dismissed it. After this, the proposal for the construction of such a monument was again made by the Catholic Circle of Rio in 1921. The Catholic Circle organized an event to raise donations for construction of such a monument.
1. The Design:
For the monument to be constructed initially three designs were considered to be selected from, these included Christ with the representation of Cross, Statue of Christ with a globe in his hands and Statue of Christ on a pedestal which would symbolize the world. The first design was selected representing the Christ with open arms calling for peace.
2. The Construction:
The structure was made of reinforced concrete and not steel and the outer layers were made of soapstone which is easy to be shaped, molded and has great endurance. The construction took nine years to complete i.e. from 1922 to 1931. The cost of construction was estimated to be around US $250,000. In 2006, a chapel was consecrated by Archbishop of Rio, Cardinal Eusebio Oscar Scheid under the statue which is used for weddings and baptisms.
3. Selection As A World Wonder:
The statue of Christ the Redeemer was selected as the New Seven Wonder of the World on 7th July, 2007, and the votes were lobbied by Banco Bradesco one of the top four banks of Brazil and Rede Globo one of the world’s largest TV networks.