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Christ the Redeemer Statue, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


After we got accustomed to Rio, my friend Dima and myself decided to visit the Corcovado hill, one of the city's main attractions, with world-famous statue of Christ the Redeemer on the top.

We couldn't get there by car so we had to load all our equipment on the bus. The usual story followed after that: security at the entrance wouldn't let us on the premises unless we had a photo permit from the park's administration. An attempt to take off from the bus stop was also stopped by guards. There were no other places near the statue from which we could take off so that day we couldn't shoot anything.

Christ the Redeemer Statue, Rio de Janeiro

After we found out the address of the park's administration we immediately rushed in that direction. But we had to look for this address for a long time because there was no exact location on the map. Finally, with a help from local residents, we found our way. It was a very beautiful place: high up in the mountains in the heart of the national park. Surprisingly, we couldn't get any cell service in the area; instead, we had a very good connection via free WiFi.

I'd rather skip the details of our conversation with the administration representatives. Basically, they had nothing against us taking pictures of the statue, but at the same time they couldn't allow the photo shoot without getting approval from the church first. For some unknown reason, the church also couldn't give such approval on a short notice. So after a day of worthless struggle we returned to the hotel without any permits or documentations.

The next day Dima rented a large helicopter to take pictures of the Christ statue. In the evening, without any hope for a positive answer, we decided to call the park's administration. And a miracle happened! An employee in charge of our case was able to get a photo permit from the church representatives. We were allowed to take off from the base of the statue!

Christ the Redeemer Statue, Rio de Janeiro

The next morning we got up before dawn. It was still dark when we drove up to the bus parking space. Guards at the gate had been warned to let us in on our own transportation.

But as we climbed higher up the hill the expression on our faces gradually changed from happy to gloomy: the top of the mountain was covered by thick fog. All the way from the parking lot to the observation desk we were surrounded with "milky fog". On the way up we met another group of people who were making a film about Rio. 

We spent all this time in agony while waiting to see if the fog would clear away. It would have been such a shame to fly halfway round the world, spend so much effort to get here at dawn and not to shoot anything because of heavy clouds. 

But we were lucky: during sunrise the wind blew from the ocean and gradually cleared the fog away from the hill, leaving behind fantastic colors. Suddenly a huge heavy cloud floated above our heads became brightly coloured in orange. Dima shouted: "Urgent take off!" And we were on our way!

Christ the Redeemer Statue, Rio de Janeiro

Over the last year I've seen many amazing sunrises, but I haven't seen so many colors at the same time. Color extravaganza lasted for about 10 minutes. During that time we managed to make 2 short take offs, the results of which you can see in our virtual tour.

And now we would like to give you some interesting facts about Christ the Redeemer Statue:



Each great city has its own landmark. Eiffel Tower in Paris, The Statue of Liberty in New York, Opera house in Vienna, and majestic Kremlin towers, famous Moscow landmark. But today we want to tell you about the statue of Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) in Rio de Janeiro.

On a 700-meter high Corcovado mountain stands a giant figure of Christ, his arms are stretched out towards the city, as if blessing the land. Each year, nearly 2 million tourists and residents climb to the top of the mountain to take a photo besides the monument "for good luck."

Rio de Janeiro

The exact dimensions of Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro are as follows: the height of the figure is 38 meters, the height of the pedestal — 8 meters, weight — 1145 tons, arm stretch — 30 meters. It is believed that the idea behind ​​the creation of the statue came up in 1922, on the 100th anniversary of Brazil's independence. It appears that the story of the statue goes with its roots deep in the past.

Back in 1859 a Catholic priest Pedro Maria Boss was struck by the majestic beauty of the mountain of Corcovado while visiting Brazil. It was he who proposed to build a monument to Christ on top of the mountain. But at that time his aspirations were hard to accomplish: first the Brazilian Court had no money, and then the monarchy was replaced by the republican government. And since the church was legally separated from the state, the idea of building a monument was forgotten.

The mountain was too striking to be empty, and in the XXth century Catholic organizations of Rio de Janeiro raised the issue again. Signatures were collected, funds were raised and, as a result, this ambitious project was able to get more than 2 million reals ($250,000), a huge amount of money for that time.

Christ the Redeemer Statue, Rio de Janeiro in fog

Administration of Rio de Janeiro announced a competition for the best design, which attracted a lot of contenders. The winner was Heitor da Silva Costa. He proposed that the posture of Jesus Christ with the arms stretched to the sides would symbolize a cross, and a massive pedestal would symbolize the globe. Thus, the sculpture serves to give people one thought — "Everything is in God's hands."

The final design of the monument was done by artist Carlos Oswald. By proposing a number of corrections, he rejected the idea of a globe. And then, finally, everything was ready for the monument to be built. 

The construction lasted for about nine years. For several reasons, first and foremost technological ones, the creation of a giant statue in Brazil at that time was impossible, so all parts, including the frame, were manufactured in France.

Christ the Redeemer Statue, Rio de Janeiro

Disassembled parts were delivered to Brazil, and then transported by rail to the top of Mount Corcovado. The opening of the monument took place in October 12, 1931. This date is considered to be the "birthday" of the statue of Christ in Rio de Janeiro and is annually celebrated with a lot of festivities.

The statue was repaired twice — in 1980 and 1990, and in 2010 it underwent some cosmetic restoration: it was vandalized with strange inscriptions, such as "when the cat's away, the mice will play" (the meaning of this act remains unclear to this day).

In 1932 and 2000 the system of nighttime illumination was upgraded. In 2007, this famous Rio de Janeiro landmark was chosen as one of the Seven New Wonders of the World.

Rio de Janeiro

The statue can be reached by electric train or by mountain road. While being driving to the statue, you can't stay away from the window even for a second because Brazilian nature is so picturesque. Observation desks offer astonishing views of Rio de Janeiro: the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, "Sugar Loaf" mountain, the Tijuca National Park, the Atlantic Ocean and the Guanabara Bay with a town at the base of the bay.

Not to sound vain, please take a look at this breathtaking sight with the help of our virtual tour.


Photography by Stanislav Sedov and Dmitry Moiseenko

15 November 2012

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Cay 7809, Malaysia

In a sometimes dark world, you have managed to shine a light on the most important revelation of all Christ Jesus.

Thank you!

Norma Johns, USA

friend jesus-christ love

DELMONT françois /philippe, France

WHAT A MAGIC!!!!!!!!


Absoulty thee most beautiful thing i have ever seen in my life... No matter what belief religi#243n that one may pratice seeing this should show one what the true importance in life really is! My hats off to the photographers

Erica Esparza cruz, USA

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roe darling, India

Your account of your Cristo Redentor experiences brought back memories of when I went there many years ago. I think it is the best urban view I have ever seen. I can't wait to look at some of your other locations.

Peter Langford, Canada

beautiful facts and pictures

paola rivera carona, Brazil

GOOD WORK, impressed!

God Bless You

dinesh gomes, India

What you have presented and I have seen is a Great Step in my Life. Thank you. I will mention you in my next Prayer to Him. Amen.

Larry Tomes, USA

Gente! Alem de belissimo o sol e maravilhoso. Viva o BRASIL! Povo lindo, gente linda, lugar perfeito para viver e ser feliz. VIVA O BRASIL.

Lilia Cunha, Brazil


fangqiu Chen, China

O Cristo Redentor no Rio de Janeiro continua lindo.Belas imagens Parabéns. Um deslumbre para os olhos

Beth Martins, Brazil


polyxeni Deliolanis, Greece

Awesome Work...

Sameer Shah, India

The pictures are awesome - would love to see it in person! JESUS does indeed welcome us ALL with HIS outstretched arms because HE truly came to earth to pay for ALL the sins and ALL the needs of each and every individual!!! All any person needs to do to RECEIVE HIS FREE OFFER (Romans 10:9-10 & 13) is to sincerely ASK HIM (Matthew 7:7-8). HE is alive forever and HE is coming back very very soon - accept HIS FREE GIFT today and be ready!

Jane D Hurley, USA

Absolutely Breathtaking. It makes my christian heart leap for joy!

norms luter, USA

"It's realy amezing. And beautyful"

George Pioquinto, Philippines

essa e a beleza do brasil dança gatinho

rodrigo faro, Brazil


You're images are great! We want to know if we could buy a high res picture of your work for a project? We need a minimum resolution of 4K (4000 pixels). Please let me know if this is a possibility.



Genevieve Boisvert, Canada

the rom governer pilot could not kill the christ.
he alive everi time in our hearts.
and yes he come will again in damishk jama mosque with prophete mohammad s.a.w.

Mazhar hussain khan, India

Wonderful creation... Thanks to the up loader..



lmpresionante Rubén, Spain


jaya prakash, India

God has been gracious to my wife and i, allowing us to travel to india as well as israel. i have faith that he will allow us to visit this beautiful country one day.

lazarus naidoo, South Africa

Christ yesterday, Christ today, Christ Forever.
Long Live Christ the King. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless Glory. Amen.

Michael Richards, Australia

I have seen taj mahal in india but read the history of reedmer statute really impressed and so exicited to see it physically

pritjpal pal, Singapore

I like rio de janerio. And it's realy nice.

Dinesh Joshi, India

It's realy amezing. And beautyful

Dinesh Joshi, India

It is beautiful

deepak dadra, India

Our dream is to one day visit this magnificent statue of our blessed Lord and Savior. Just watching the video fills us with love and so much spirituality. Thank you for sharing this with us and MAY GOD BLESS EVERYBODY NOW AND ALWAYS.

Randy and Dianne Spry, Canada

I. love. Jesus.

alio kumar pradhan, India


罗纳尔多 刘德华, China

absolutely ''Redeemer''..whoever erected the massive life sized jesus must be a passionate believer of jesus's redemption..just marvelous.. Ashfaque hussain

ashfaue hussain, India

vala kaim hai yr...!!!!! Christ the Redeemer


scott leo, India

I've been visited this place and the statue last july. Your work was great and excellent. This is really as beautiful as I witnessed my self.

Agunan Butar-Butar, Indonesia

Truly magnificent. It is no coincidence that you are chosen to make this little masterpiece (He knows your heart and soul). And none of that what you went through to do this was no accident. You (and all of us) only need His blessing. God bless you and I wish you all the best. How is it possible to get photography (file) of Christ (which you set in the text above - picture4a) in resolution and quality suitable for my desktop in which because of my job I must watch too much? Thanks in advance.
Beautiful Croatia is waiting for you to visit us and make at least one more of your remarkable projects (Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of my favorites).

Nikola Skenderović, Croatia


jalumuru veena, India

'wonderfull creation' ,Thanks to Father Boss.

jalumuru veena, India

It is really beautiful had never seen such jesus thank u to bilt this.

ginnie jain, India

God bless you all and pray for me that one time I will be there and look that big statue of Christ and preach the gospel in your land in Jesus name ,thanks and bless,keijo sweden

keijo leppioja, Sweden

Thank you, Keijo! Hope you will travel to Christ the Radeemer Statue.

Varvara, AirPano

Its a great place for tourist and many others, its really wonderful god bless them all

Siamboy Tombing, India

very nice

swati omar, India

jesus is son of god,jesus died for us on the cross,believe in him.

francis nanny, India

jesuschrist is the king of heaven and he is a great god?

francis nanny, India


文添 刘, China


hana Zabaneh, United Kingdom

that is so cool

janae smirh, USA


kathleen greer, USA

Espectaculares tomas y desde puntos estratégicos.

Se obsrva la magnificencia de Dios el creador.

eugenio duque, Colombia

awesome job!!! i love Christ the Redeemer Statue.

margaret maria, India

jeleknya bagus bilang hiiii

shinta dwi aryanti, Indonesia

been to rio saw this statue in a very different perspective this is awesome

Veena Khanna, India

I live here and you guys did a fantastic jobs with these pictures!! Great postcard for my city :)

Conrado Ducommun, Brazil

Excellent Pictures. I feel like I should visit Brazil to see "Christ The Redeemer Statue". Jesus Lives Forever

John Daniel, India

Unbelievable views and unbelievable love from Jesus Christ , thank you for that

peter fawzy, Egypt

awesome pics

nazia imtiyaz, India

WOW! These are all amazing, beyond words. Thank you!

Tami Hastings, USA

Very interesting, very nice. Good ideas. Good work.

Krzysztof Frank, Poland

É difícil não emocionar com as belíssimas imagens desse vídeo. Parabéns a equipe da Air Pano!!!

Neide Diniz, Brazil

É difícil não emocionar com as belíssimas imagens desse vídeo. Parabéns a equipe da Air Pano!!!

Neide Diniz, Brazil

É difícil não emocionar com as belíssimas imagens desse vídeo. Parabéns a equipe da Air Pano!!!

Neide Diniz, Brazil

You panaroma should be used for World Youth Days in Rio -coming in the future and organized by the Pope from Rome

Hanna Szyrmer, Bahamas

very very beautiful

Jack Jim, China

very beautiful thank you may God bless you and yours work

marta Gajdusek, USA

is very very nice. I liked your work is criative.


Though I'm Brazilian, I don't like Rio, but your pictures are nothing but stunning! Congratulations!

Marcos Antonio, Brazil

Absolute beauty! I am sharing it...

Marco Di Lorenzo, Italy

These images are breathtaking! Thank you for this beautiful gift and I am sharing this!

Sharon Frank, USA


Masih Sabbet, Canada

I`m amazed... love Riooo! Good job Air Pano, keep it up!

Dione Dorado, Brazil

Beautiful, fantastic work!

Pavel Chonov, Bulgaria

There is a very beautiful similar statue in the town of Medellin, Colombia, I believe, or in the capital city of Bogotà. I wonder if it would be possible to display it? Thanks.

Daniele Hawkins, France


amene jangi, Iran

Well done to all the 'team' at Airpano for the excellent photography, & not just from the lower levels, but the planning is fantastic all through.
Must admit though !! The subject alone is jaw dropping. Well done !!!

Brian Naylor, United Kingdom

¡Que belleza!!-adjunto a la majestuosidad del universo!!!excellent!!alimento para nuestro ser-

Ysabel Magy, Argentina

It is very interesting I very want to come :D

mohammad ali eslami, Iran

Wounder full,Great creation of airpano.

Sulekha Mahorkar, India

Beautiful, fantastic work!!!!

Bernd Willinger, Austria


Mary Brown, Canada

The christ in Rio symbolizes "the second coming"!!!! by W.B Yeats. Airpano team stay blessed in his hands and keep up ur good and noble work.

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Brazil is very perfect.i love very airpano

delnia khezraqa, Iran


Giorgio Foglietti, Italy


David Selvan, United Arab Emirates

Wonderful-Great work by Air Pano team.

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Thanks for your great work.

Mina Minoo, Iran

you are dedicated. Fabulous results. V.P.Veluswamy MD

V Veluswamy, USA

Extraordinario trabajo,los felicito.

filiberto pinzon acosta, Colombia

it is a great gift to show people the wonderful things in life!

pierre veldhoen, South Africa


farhad jafarloo, Iran

excellent ,really good goood work of airpano....thank all of member of air pano.......

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We do not have words to thank you enough for the great work you are doing.....it is just amazing--awesome--fantastic

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We do not have words to thank you enough for the great work you are doing.....it is just amazing--awesome--fantastic

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Awesome,Fantastic,Beautyful,realy I felt happy with this film,congratulations to all the team,Angelo,Tijuana,B.C.Mexico

Jose Angel Arroyo, Mexico

Fantastic, like always. Hope to see this place one day, in my lifetime. Makes you feel on the top of the world. :)

Fren Bill, India

Esta bien,pero me agradaria mas si,
me envian las ciudades Mayas de mi Pais,
Mexico.Su Amigo:Ricardo Osorno

Ricardo Osorno, Mexico


Wynn Carr, Canada

Superb, by any standards - both the monument as well as the panorama!

Congrats! AirPanoTeam.
Great work!!!

Jairaj Nair, United Arab Emirates


Paulo Rattes, Brazil

I have taken the time to view all of the wonderful pictures on your site but these.....Oh my! What an incredible place! Fantastic work!

Chris Hawbaker, USA


REZA ss, Iran

Kudos to the Aero Pano team. Very good and wonderful work. Many thanks for your gift!

Leni Tuason, Philippines

Fantastic work , thanks

majid zare moghadam, Iran

Very nice and thanks !


Many thanks Air Pano Team, Very Good work.

Akash Yadav, India

Very nice!

Alex Northensen, USA