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Reviews Rio de Janeiro: The Statue of Christ Redeemer at the top of Corcovado celebrates 90 years old

21:00  12 october  2021
21:00  12 october  2021 Source:   korii.slate.fr

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The famous Statue of Christ Redeemer who dominates Rio de Janeiro celebrated on Tuesday his 90 years, with a mass, the launch of a song of Samba and A cuvée de cachaça, the Brazilian eau-de-vie.

The religious ceremony, originally planned at the foot of the huge statue, eventually took place at the metropolitan cathedral, in the center of Rio , due to bad weather. "We Cariocas (names of the inhabitants of Rio) are used to looking to Christ who is often concealed in the clouds, but we know he's here," said Archbishop of the city, Orani Tempesta, During the Mass attended by the Mayor, Eduardo Paes. "We still go through the pandemic, but with an optimistic look thanks to the Vaccination . The dark clouds of last year dissipate," added the prelate. More than 58% of the nearly seven million inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro are vaccinated against CIVID-19 that took 600,000 people to Brazil since the beginning of the pandemic.

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Before the irruption of the Covid-19 , the 38-meter statue, located at the top of the Corcovado Hill, received nearly two million visitors a year. It was closed between March and August 2020. You must now have a vaccination certificate for access.

On the occasion of its 90th anniversary, the immense art deco statue was the subject of a restoration program, including its coating. A Samba entitled "Alma Carioca, Cristo Redentor" (Ame Carioca, Christ Redeemer) was launched for the occasion, as well as a cachaça cuvée where the image of the famous statue appears on the bottles label.

In 1921, the Catholic Church had organized a competition for the construction of a religious monument on the occasion of the centenary of the independence of Brazil (1822). The Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa had won the competition and spent ten years on the project. The statue was executed by French Paul Landowski. The monument was inaugurated on October 12, 1931. In 1973, he was declared a historical monument and classified in 2007 among the seven wonders of the modern world.

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