“Glory To His Name!”
How Christ The Redeemer statue came to dominate the Rio skyline: Fascinating photos show how iconic statue was built and the story behind it
- It was built after Brazilians feared a lack of God in their lives after Church and state separated in a republic
- Designed in the early 1920s before opening in 1931, the designs kept changing during construction phase
- The architect said: ‘We were marching towards… artistic failure, without being able to go back’
- Located more than 700 metres (2296.59 feet) above ground, the statue is 38 metres (124.672 feet) high with an arm span of 28 metres (91.8635 feet).
Competitors are seen running past Corcovado and the Christ the Redeemer statue during the Women’s Marathon.