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Christ, The Redeemer, Welcomes Everyone

An imposing image of Jesus Christ welcoming the entire world stands for all to see in the Latin American country of Brazil.

The monument dominates the skyline of Brazil's capital, Rio de Janeiro.

I, the Greek Olympic artist, have embroidered the majestic image of Jesus embracing the world and I will offer it to the President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, honouring at the same time the entire Brazilian nation.

Built on a 710-metre-high mountain peak overlooking Rio, the statue of Jesus is 40 metres in height and 28 metres from fingertip to fingertip.

The statue of Jesus standing with open arms in welcome is called, “Christ, The Redeemer.”

It was built over nine years and completed in 1931.

The construction was paid for mostly by donations from Brazilian Catholics.

Today, a chapel at the base of the statue is a place for prayer as well as for baptisms and weddings.

letter archbishop

A letter to me from the
Archbishop of Greece