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Church to ‘upgrade’ Christ the Redeemer statue

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The Brazilian Catholic Church is seeking 3.5 million dollars (2.1 million pounds) to upgrade the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro.

AFP reports:

Cleaning and repairing the 78-year-old statue will take four to six months, Rio de Janeiro Archbishop Ornani Tempesta told reporters Wednesday.

Some of the money will be raised by selling small metal brooches of the statue, available for 4.30 dollars at any of Rio’s 252 parishes, Tempesta said.

‘It is a way to get to know Christ even better,’ said Tempesta. ‘We will carry him on our chest.’

Interestingly, the Brazilian mining company Vale will also pay for part of the project.

Photo: People wave flags at the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro after Brazil was officially chosen by FIFA as host of the 2014 World Cup (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 29, 2009 at 1:29 pm

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  1. Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain gives an even higher perspective, and is the most well known and recognized landmark of Rio. You can take a tram up to the statue—the best view is on the right-hand side.

    Vacation in Australia

    August 16, 2010 at 12:33 pm

  2. The statue is great. The statue of Christ is the popular attraction for tourist. People go there and get ahug from the Christ! The Statue of the Christ the Redeemer, on apex of the Corcovado Mountain, is one of the most loved and admired statue in the Brazil. The statue is located in Rio de Janeiro at the 2,300 feet height at the top of the Corcovado Mountain.

    Kiran

    September 8, 2010 at 6:28 am


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