- See also: Christ the Redeemer statue
Corcovado is the mountain where the Christ the Redeemer statue is located. Corcovado mountain peaks at 2300 feet above sea level. Because the statue and mountain are so closely connected, both names are confused and it is common misconception to believe that Corcovado is the name of the statue.
The mountain is composed mainly of augen gneiss, an abundant rock in Rio de Janeiro. Augen Gneiss is also the main constituent rock of Sugarloaf Mountain and Arpoador among others. The rock was formed approximately 600 million years ago.
Christ the Redeemer statue is one of the most beautiful symbols of Rio de Janeiro and is considered the largest statue in the world in art deco. It measures 125 feet high (including its 26 foot base), weighs 1,145 tons and measures 92 feet from the edge of one hand to another. Its construction took almost five years and it is now a National Historic Landmark. In 2003 the statue and surrounding area went through renovation; escalators as well as elevators were introduced to ease the access to the platform where the statue stands.
How to get there
Please refer to page of Christ the Redeemer statue to learn how to get up there.
- Read the entry Corcovado on Wikipedia to learn more about the history of the site.