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Rio's Redeemer Statue Turns 80: Famous Landmark Will Welcome Pilgrims to Next WYD

Last edited 16th October 2011

Rio's Redeemer Statue Turns 80: Famous Landmark Will Welcome Pilgrims to Next WYD

Christ the Redeemer, the 125-foot, 699-ton, statue that looks down on Rio de Janeiro from atop Corcovado Mountain has just "celebrated" its 80th birthday. The famous statue officially became part of the Brazilian landscape on Oct. 12, 1931.

At the statue's feet is a small chapel dedicated to Our Lady of the Apparition, which can accommodate some 100 visitors. Blessed John Paul II blessed Rio from the site in 1980, and Benedict XVI is scheduled to visit in 2013 for the events of the 27th World Youth Day. Visit this article to read more.


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