James Hoban (1758 – 1831)
Because it was built as a Symbol of Brazilian Christianity
- Christ the Redeemer is located in the Tijuca Forest National Forest, at the top of the Corcovado Mountain, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
- Christ the Redeemer is the largest art deco statue in the world. It is 98 feet tall (not including the 26 foot pedestal), and the arms stretch to 92 feet wide.
- The statue weighs approximately 635 tonnes.
- Christ the Redeemer is the 5th largest statue of Jesus.
- The chosen statue is meant to show that Christ loves all and will embrace all that come to him.
- The right arm points to south Rio de Janeiro and the left arm points to north Rio de Janeiro.
- The first suggestion to build a large religious monument was made in the 1850s by a Catholic priest names Pedro Maria Boss. The request for financing wasn’t approved because Princess Isabel was not a fan of the idea. The request was officially denied in 1889 when Brazil mandated the separation of church and state. A petition started by a group in the early 1920s, called the Catholic Circle of Rio, was successful. Construction began in 1922 and took nine years to complete.
Aerial view of the Statue of Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor), Corcovado Mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Bridge is named for the Golden Gate Strait.
- The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate strait, the mile-wide, three-mile-long channel between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay in San Francisco. Golden Gate Bridge is the most famous and most photographed bridge in the world.
- It was built by engineer Joseph Strauss (1870-1938) in 1933.
- The Bridge’s official hue is not gold but International Orange.
- The Golden Gate strait was named by explorer and U.S. Army officer John C. Frémont (1813-1890), who marveled at its beauty in 1846, two years before the discovery of gold in California. In his memoirs, he wrote that he named it Chrysopolae (Golden Gate) because of its similarity to the harbor of Byzantium (modern-day Istanbul), dubbed Chrysoceras (Golden Horn).