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

My guide Pedro was a very great at his job and the driver Luis got us to every location safely. I was not vaccinated so I could not go into Christ the Redeemer or Sugarloaf mountain but I was still pleased with the trip. I will come again very soon and book the same tour as I did not know I needed to be vaccinated.

All very well, unfortunately the weather did not accompany us in a good way but the guys on the tour did everything to make the experience unique thanks ...

Igor Mendez was our tour guide. He was fantastic! He was punctual, very knowledgeable, informative, passionate about Rio and all it has to offer.

Very good experience and the guide is one of the best i have ever met.

Patrícia is the best guide ever !! Highly recommended!