Christ the Redeemer

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History of the Cristo Redentor

Today the Cristo Redentor ("Christ the Redeemer") statue is the symbol of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil and one of the 7 Wonders of the World, but there was a time when the massive Art Deco rendering of Christ overlooking the city was only a dream of the people.

  • The Perfect Mountain

    1. The Perfect Mountain

    Building a large Christian statue atop the Corcovado (“hunchback” in Portuguese) first became an idea in 1850 as a monument to Princess Isabel, but the project was put on hold.

  • Statehood

    2. Statehood

    Brazil became a republic in 1889, but with the new separation of church and state the idea was abandoned. It would be another 30 years until another proposal.

  • A Statue for the People

    3. A Statue for the People

    In 1920 the giant population of Brazilian Catholics collected signatures and raised donations under the name of "The Catholic Circle of Rio."

  • Choosing the Image

    4. Choosing the Image

    There was much debate: the Christian cross, a statue of Jesus with a globe in his hands... but in the end the Christ opening his arms over the city was chosen as a symbol of peace.

  • Designing an Icon

    5. Designing an Icon

    It was an incredible architectural endeavor designed by local engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, sculpted by France’s Paul Landowski and the face etched by Romania’s Gheorghe Leonida.

Planning Your Visit

  • How to Get There

    You can take a tram, van, or bus to get to the base of the statue. Of course, you can also hike up or take a taxi. No need to give an address, every driver will know how to get there.

  • Admission

    Tickets are necessary to enter the park.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    8:00AM - 7:00PM
  • Is it expensive?
    The entrance to the park is 50 Brazilian reales (about $22 USD).
  • Will I need a guide?
    It's not necessary, but it surely could enrich your experience.
  • How to get there
    Tram, van, bus, taxi, or hiking from the base
  • Additional information
    Go early in the morning to avoid crowds and get the best photos. The sun will be behind the statue after midday. | If riding the tram, sit in the very back to get the best views.

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What people are saying about Christ the Redeemer

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,165 reviews

Visiting the Christo was a “must do” experience while in RIo. It is even more spectacular up close than I expected it to be. There are not very many cog trains in the world, so that short train ride is a fun way to get to the Christo. Also the train provides an opportunity to see the national park which is in the middle of a densely populated city like Rio. It’s an interesting and beautiful train ride through the park. It gives you an appreciation for how high the Christo is above the city.

This was the best tour we have taken and so worth the price. Our guide Leonardo was fantastic, providing information in English, Portuguese and Spanish (I think-I only understood the English!). He was knowledgeable, kind, helpful. The lunch was better than our meal the night before at a much more expensive restaurant. Driving would have been a bit harrowing had we attempted this with a rental car, well, more than a bit, and we never would have been able to see all these sights in one day.

Victoria , my guide is so nice and kind. She told me a lot of stories about Christ and sugarloaf. She waited for me when I got my tattoo on urca. Thank you very much! Everything is perfect.

Our guide tour was amazing he speak several languagues and make sure everyone hada good time

It was a great experience, the guide was terrific. A Must if you are in Rio