It comes as no shock that Brazil, the fifth most populous country in the world and the largest country within South America, is a metropolis of the southern hemisphere. One of the most impressive icons of a country’s religion, the Cristo Redentor statue in Rio de Janeiro, on the Atlantic coast of Brazil, is a testament to the country’s overwhelming religious majority: Christianity.
The statue of Jesus of Nazareth is the fifth largest statue of Jesus in the world. 130 feet tall, inclusive of its 31 foot pedestal, and an arm span of 98 feet, the 625 ton statue (1,270,000 pounds) overlooks the city of Rio.
The statue is one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, which also includes the Great Wall of China, Petra in Jordan, Machu Picchu in Peru, Chichen Itza in Mexico, the Colosseum in Italy and the Taj Mahal in India. The Great Pyramid of Giza was given honorary status.