Christ the Redeemer

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Why the
Christ the Redeemer
Statue is special

The statue is more famous for its location and size than artistic merit (the rendering is okay but hardly inspired). But the statue is special enough to win a bronze medal.

What makes the Christ the Redeemer site very special is its spectacular view of Rio de Janeiro. That falls under Rio Panoramic Views, which deservedly earns a gold medal.

Note: I asked visitors at the Christ the Redeemer site, "Which is more impressive, the statue or the view?" Nearly all answered "view".

Christ the
Redeemer Statue
tips and insights

When to go


Check the latest weather report. Otherwise, you risk seeing nothing but clouds.

Reduce waiting time by avoiding weekends and holidays (especially Easter and Christmas).

Go in the mid-to-late afternoon for the best photos of the city, bay, and Sugarloaf Mountain.  The sun will be behind you (in the morning, it will be facing you).

A visually awesome time of the day is sunset. Then stay awhile to enjoy the twinkling city lights.


The Christ the Redeemer statu3 is 31-meters (102-feet) high without its pedestal and stands about 700 meters (2300 feet) above sea level.


The statue is made of concrete with a soapstone veneer. Since its completion in 1931, it has undergone scaffold-required restorations because of wind-and-rain exposure as well as a lightning strike and graffiti vandalism.

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