Throughout history the world’s tallest buildings have symbolized society’s most highly held principles.
1555 – 1561
Saint Basil’s Cathedral, commonly known as The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed, in Moscow, Russia, was built by Ivan the Terrible from 1555-1561 and commemorates the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan. The building, now a museum, is officially known as the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat. I visited Moscow in November 2004. I saw Lenin’s body in the Mausoleum. It was beautiful city.
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