Any website focusing on places around the World can never be complete without the mention of the Seven Wonders of the World and so we are today starting a series of articles which will tell you 7 interesting and unknown facts about the New 7 Wonders of the World. We start with the Lord’s statue situated in Brazil:
1. The initial proposal to build the statue was rejected
Can you believe the words you just read above? But, this is true! The initial proposal to build a Christian Monument on Mount Corcovado, as suggested by the Local Priest, Pedro Maria Boss in the mid-1850s was rejected. It was in 1920, when the second proposal was made, that the decision to make a statue of Jesus Christ was accepted.
2. Made of a special stone
The 30 meters statue is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone, which was imported from Sweden. Soapstone was used on the outer layers, mainly because of its enduring qualities and ease of use.
3. An International team made the statue
As the monument was of the Christ, it made total sense that people from different countries of the world contributed to making the vision a reality. French sculptor Paul Landowski created the initial sketch and local engineer Heitor da Silva Costa designed the statue. In fact, Landowski had even commissioned Parisian Romanian sculptor Gheorghe Leonida to study the sculpture at the Fine Arts Conservatory in Bucharest and in Italy in 1922. Leonida along with French French engineer Albert Caquot had fashioned the face.
4. In how much time was the statue made?
You may think that the statue must have been constructed in a relatively short span of time, but that is not the case as it took almost 9 years, from 1922-1931 to make Christ The Redeemer. The total cost of the project was to the tune of $250,000, which is almost equal to $3.2 million of today.
5. Lightning has damaged the statue twice
Lightning has caused some damages to the statue, twice. In 2008, a thunder strike damaged the head, fingers, and the eyebrows. In fact, due to the soapstone insulating feature, a majority of the damaging effects of that lightning was earthed. And later, during reconstruction same stone from that same place was actually used. Lightning struck again on January 17, 2014, damaging the finger of the statue this time.
6. The modes to reach to the top
The statue of Jesus Christ, weighing around 635 metric tons is located atop the 700-meter (2,300 ft) Corcovado mountain of the Tijuca Forest National Park and till around 2003, the modes to reach to the statue were limited to walking or by road. But, in the year 2003 walkways and elevators were installed to facilitate easy access to the platform surrounding the statue.
7. What does it symbolize?
Such a grand statue of the Lord must have been made with a specific purpose in mind. The main purpose was to show Jesus Christ loves everybody. Many designs were proposed initially, but the one with open arms was chosen, to symbolize peace. The city also wanted to show its devotion to the Lord by building it at such a location that it overlooks the entire city of Rio de Janeiro. So, we can say that the builders must have this in mind while making this grand statue of the Lord for the world.
“Jesus Is Watching Over The World”
-Writings On Places
The last part is only our interpretation of the symbolism of the statue, you may have your own and if you do and would like to share it with us and the world, do share in the comments section below.
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