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

Our guide, G, was excellent. She is very knowledgeable about all the places we visited on this tour. Unfortunately, the cables on Sugarloaf were being maintained so we were not able to go up, but that was out of our control. It's a reason to go back. Instead we went on the Rio Star- a giant ferris wheel with great views. The pandemic shut down the stadium, but again, that was out of our control; I'm glad I was still able to see it, though. I highly recommend this tour with G. She made the day exceptionally worthwhile.

this trip was out of this world!! Vincente is extremely charming and knowledgeable- since I am travelling alone I was expecting a wtv tour where I just sightsee and come back to my hotel however thanks to Vincente I had an amazing time and felt right at home. The whole trip was SO much fun. certainly the highlight of my visit to Rio. thanks Vincente!!

Excellent value to see the most sought after attractions in Rio. Great knowledge from the guide Flavio too. Very good lunch included.

Good organization of the shuffles and exceptional view from the Cristo platform all over the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro

Very friendly guide. Did an amazing job talking in both Portuguese and English the entire day. Lots of energy