Guide to Christ the Redeemer
Official site of Christ the Redeemer and Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer and Corcovado
CHRIST THE REDEEMER - CORCOVADO
Picture of Christ the redeemer (Cristo Redentor in portuguese)
Christ the Redeemer is a 30 meter tall statue on a 8 meter tall foundation - totaling 38-meter (125 ft).
One can get to the top of the Corcovado mountain and visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer via road or by the Corcovado Rack Railway.
The year-round schedule is 8:30 to 19:00. Address for the Railway is Cosme Velho 513.
Currently the prices are R$43 for Adults and R$21 for children below 12 years (Subject to change).
To get to the Railway and you by public transport the easiest is to use metro and get off at metro station - "Largo do Machado".
And then take a bus or walk up the street Laranjeiros until you get to the station at Cosmo Velho 513.
If you choose to walk it will be a 30 minute walk in slight uphill.
By Bus the numbers from Copacabana, are numbers 583 and 584.
From Downtown and Praça 15 the bus lines are 422 and 498.
The best option is to get to the statue by car - Particularly because by car you can visit the View Dona Marta afterwards.
Unfortunately you cannot drive all the way to the top.
You follow the street signs to the statue by continuing beyond Cosmo Velho 513 (Location at the Train station).
Eventually you will get to Paineiras station where a shuttle bus will take you to the top.
The bus currently costs R$26.
Christ the Redeemer and Corcovado information and history
King Dom Pedro II, who was a protector of nature and enjoyed going to the mountain,
approved in 1882 a train to be built to make it easier to reach the mountain top.
The first train line up from Cosmo Velho until the mountain of Corcovado was inaugurated in 1884 and it became electric in 1912.
In 1921 there were laid plans to construct a statue of Christ in order to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Brazils independence the following year,
The statue of Christ was however only inaugurated in 1931. The statue is 30 meters tall standing on an 8 meters tall plateau.
The arms measure 28 meters between the finger tips.
The statue of Corcovado weighs 1145 tons with the head itself weighing 30 tons.