Fun Facts about Rio’s Christ the Redeemer Statue

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The Christ the Redeemer statue stands in Rio and there are some great fun facts that most people don’t know.
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Heavy Statue

The Christ the Redeemer statue weighs a staggering 635 tons.
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Tall and Wide

The statue is 98 feet tall and the armspan is 92 feet wide.
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Well Paid For

The Brazilian Catholic community funded the building of the statue.
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Swedish Stones

The stones used to hold up the staute came from Sweden.
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Lightning Strike

In 2008 the statue was struck by lightning, but escaped with just a small bit of damage.
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New Seven Wonders of the World

in 2007, the Christ the Redeemer statue became on of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
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Nine Years

The statue took nine years to finish. It was started in 1922 and completed in 1931.
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Expensive Project

The statue cost $250,000 at the time it was built. That’s equivalent to $3.2 million today.
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Many Ways to Get There

Besides walking paths and roads, you can also get to the statue by escalator or elevator.
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See it at Night

Despite what you might think, it’s actually better to see the statue at night than during the day.
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