2nd Wonder of the World - Nemcon Systems

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2nd Wonder of the World

Statue,Brazil. …

The Statue Of Brazil is Towering 2,310 feet above the city of Rio, the Christ Redeemer statue has fascinated experts and historians for nearly a hundred years.It is the fourth largest statue of Jesus Christ in the world, the largest Art Deco-style sculpture on the planet, and to top it all off, in 2007 the statue  of brazil was deemed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World along with Machu Picchu, the Great Wall of China and the Roman Colosseum.

Perched on the summit of Mount Corcovado in Rio, the statue of brazil stands at a whopping 98 feet tall , and its outstretched arms reach to 92 feet horizontally.

The idea of designing a statue of brazil in Rio first was decided in 1850s, when a local priest came up with the idea of placing a Christian monument on top of Mount Corcovado. Apparently he had requested Princess Isabel  to fund the project, but the idea was scrapped after a Declaration of the Republic was declared in Brazil in 1889.

It wasn’t until after World War I when the Roman Catholic archdiocese in Rio and a group of locals started becoming concerned about the “lack of religious faith” in the Brazilian community, and it was hoped that by placing a statue of brazil on top of a mountain in Rio, it would rebel against what they saw as an “increasing godlessness” in the country. It was requested that the statue be placed on the summit of Mount Corcovado so it would be visible from anywhere and everywhere in Rio, and thus represent a way of “reclaiming Rio” to Christianity.

The statue of brazil is a handful desing of different designers who crafted the statue over a period of nine years. By the time of its completion, the construction of the statue cost $250,000  and was funded entirely by the Catholic community in Brazil.

Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa sketched the statue as Jesus carrying a cross in one hand and a globe in the other, and he also came up with the idea for the statue to “face the rising sun” from the top of the mountain. Eventually da Silva Costa changed his mind and decided to design the statue into the massive Art Deco-style statue with Jesus Christ stretching out his arms wide, as if to welcome the citizens of Rio with open arms.The face, on the other hand, was designed by the Roman artist Gheorghe Leonida.

Because of the Brazil statue’s massive size, the statue on the top of Mount Corcovado, and all the necessary materials were transported up the mountain on a small cog-wheel train.

Workers used long wooden poles to act as scaffolding during the construction phase, and they actually had to scale them in order to put all the materials in the right place – a task that must have been truly daunting in every sense of the word, yet symbolized the locals’ intense religious faith, above all else. This wonder is one of the best wonder in this world.