Sunday Musing - Statue of Christ the Redeemer Overlooking Rio de Janeiro

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As we watch the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the familiar statue of Christ the Redeemer with arms outstretched stands 100 feet tall atop the Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro. There is a reason approximately 200 million people from around the world flock to this statue every year. It is arguably the most iconic site in all of Brazil, and is reported to be even more breathtaking in person. For me, it an iconic image of not only Brazil, but the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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It is one of the world's best-known monuments. Taking five years to construct, it has become a symbol of the city and of the warmth of the Brazilian people, who receive visitors with open arms.  A fitting message for the 2016 Rio Olympics, don't you think? 

The statue was built by Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, in collaboration with the French engineer Albert Caquot, and created by Polish-French sculptor Paul Landowski.*  The statue was inaugurated on October 12, 1931.

Thank you Rio and the people of Brazil!! The Olympic Games are amazing!

Warmest regards,


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