aerial view of Christ the redeemer

Statuia Mântuitorului

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Christ the Redeemer

Rio de Janeiro

This iconic statue of Christ stands atop Mount Corcovado, gazing out over the city of Rio de Janeiro and the blue waters of Guanabara Bay. Nearly 800,000 people a year make the trek up the mountain for a closer look.

To reach the monument, visitors once had to climb a series of steep stairs after taking a train up the mountainside. Today they can simply ride Otis® lifts from the train depot up to the visitors' area, then take Otis escalators the rest of the way.

As part of a major preservation project in the early 2000s, the Roberto Marinho Foundation sought ways to improve access to the summit while meeting strict environmental objectives.

The foundation, a member of the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network, studied nearly two dozen proposals before selecting Otis. We installed three energy-efficient Gen2® lifts and four advanced outdoor escalators.

With its coated flat-steel belts and ReGen® drive, the Gen2 lift uses 75 percent less energy than a conventional geared lift without regen technology. And the Gen2 system's quiet operation doesn't disturb the tranquility of the mountaintop.

Our outdoor escalators are designed to withstand severe weather conditions. And to save electricity and reduce wear and tear, sensors suspend operation when the escalators aren't in use.

The lift hoistways are concealed among the park's trees, and the escalators follow the contours of the mountain.

visitors per year

770 000


years construction time



passengers per hour

9 000


Crearea monumentului

Statuia a fost proiectată de sculptorul francez Paul Landowski și a fost construită de inginerul brazilian Heitor da Silva Costa, în colaborare cu inginerul francez Albert Caquot. Sculptorul român Gheorghe Leonida a câștigat faima mondială pentru sculptura chipului lui Hristos.

Păstrarea monumentului

De-a lungul deceniilor, monumentul a suferit daune din partea fenomenelor naturii.În anul 2008, un fulger a provocat daune la nivelul degetelor, capului și sprâncenelor. Fulgerele au lovit din nou în 2010, dislocând un deget de la mâna dreaptă.
În 2010, a început restaurarea masivă. Aceasta a constat în curățarea, înlocuirea piedestalului, restaurarea fierului din structura internă și hidroizolarea monumentului.

Quick facts about Christ the Redeemer

Dedicated in 1931, Christ the Redeemer is described as the largest art deco statue in the world, standing 125 ft tall, including its 26.25 ft pedestal. It is made of reinforced concrete covered by soapstone, chosen for its enduring qualities and ease of use. Its name in Portuguese, the national language of Brazil, is Cristo Redentor.

  • 1 Weight in metric tons


  • 2 Height (including its 8-metre pedestal)

    38 m

  • 3 Style

    art deco

  • 4 Metres above sea level


  • 5 3

    Gen2® lifts

  • 6 4

    Otis® outdoor escalators

Christ the redeemer line drawing