Lightning Strike Damaged A Finger Of The Christ the Redeemer Statue In Rio de Janeiro

The statue of Christ the Redeemer, situated in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, was damaged in a strong storm. Lightning hit the statue and damaged a thumb on Christ’s right hand.
The statue will undergo repair work soon. It’s necessary, because last December Christ had lost one more finger due to another lightning strike. By the way, on the right hand as well. Repairers use soapstone the statue is made of, Archdiocese of St. Sebastian of Rio de Janeiro has been keeping its sources since 1931. The cost of repairs is still unknown.
The statue of Christ the Redeemer, the symbol of Rio de Janeiro, was constructed between 1922 and 1931. Its height is 38 metres, its arms stretch 28 metres wide, the weight is 1145 tonnes. The wireframe and all the details were made in France, and after that the statue was constructed in Brazil.
In 2007 it was recognized as a new world’s wonder. About two million tourists visit during a year.
In 2010 the statue was vandalized for the first time. Unknown perpetrators covered its face and hands in black spray graffiti like “When the cat’s away, the mice will play”. Graffiti were deleted during the massive restoration that cost about 4 million dollars.


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  • Mime
  • January 22, 2014, 6:08 pm
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