Wednesday, Jun. 16, 2010

Christ the Redeemer; Rio de Janeiro

Perched 2,300 feet above Rio de Janeiro on the summit of Corcovado Mountain, Christ the Redeemer stands 130 feet tall on top of a 31-foot base. His outstretched arms span close to 100 feet. Constructed between 1922 and 1931 of reinforced concrete and soapstone, Christ the Redeemer has been a popular tourist attraction as well as a worldwide symbol of Brazil's largest city since its completion. The statue made several helicopter-shot cameos in Baz Luhrmann's William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, which took place in the fictional "Verona Beach."