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 3,164 reviews

There isn’t much to expect here, it’s exactly as it says. you get to the meeting point and you’ll find people waiting for you, the van takes you all the way up to Christ the Redeemer, entry ticket is included. They give you enough time to enjoy the views, take some pictures and do a little shopping. The best part is that they have many vans and you can choose anyone to return with (in case you want to return early or stay a bit late).

Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. The transportation (bus) was super comfy with air conditioner and I felt safe with the driving. Must do!

Like i said before... I loved the tour...Edelson was a great tour guided, very knowledgeable and knows mostly about anything. Very happy with them.

Foi muito bom, organização, logistica, vans. Comprar pelo Get Your Guide te priva de burocracias nas vans. Valeu muito a pena

Best guided tour ever don’t miss the sunset portion of the tour, it was so beautiful.