Statue of Christ the Redeemer

"As Rio de Janiero hosts the games of the Thirty First Olympiad, the first thing athletes and visitors from around the world saw as they flew into the city is Brazil’s most famous landmark: The Statue of Christ the Redeemer.

This statue reflects the New Testament teachings of redemption, arms wide open, forming a cross, welcoming all who come!

In the last half of the 19th century, as church and state were separated, many Brazilians thought of erecting the statue as a way of “reclaiming Rio” for Christianity.

Construction began in 1922 and nine years later, standing high atop a peak over 2,000 feet high, the statue was unveiled to the public. For some, it’s the ultimate religious symbol. For others, just a tourist attraction.

But unmistakably—an image known all over the world! Cristo Redentor! In Portuguese meaning, Christ the Redeemer!

The Book: Impacting the 2016 Olympic Games!"


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