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The Christ The Redeemer Statue - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Christ the Redeemer statue is an Art Déco style statue at the top of Mount Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The statue, which depicts Jesus Christ with stretched arms, was designed by Paul Landowski, a French sculptor and built by an engineer from Brazil by the name of Heitor da Silva Cost. Its face was fashioned by Gheorghe Leonida, a Romanian sculptor. It was officially opened to the public in 1931. The statue measures 98 feet tall, excluding the 26-feet pedestal. The horizontally stretched arms span 92 feet wide and has a weight of around 635 metric tons. The statue is made from reinforced concrete and triangular soapstone tiles. It sits on a stone pedestal which is approximately 26 feet high. Christ the Redeemer Statue is a Christian symbol and a cultural icon in Brazil. It is also listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

History Of Construction

A suggestion to build a Christian monument on top of Mount Corcovado in honor of Princess Isabel was made in the mid-1850s. However, the proposal died off due to lack of support. The country was aiming for a separation of church and state. In 1920, the Catholic Circle made a second attempt to have a monument build on the mountain as a landmark. Thanks to fundraising organization and a signature seeking event called “Monument Week” to support the erection of a statue. The organization was motivated by what they considered as growing Godlessness in Rio de Janeiro at the time. Several designs including representation of Christian Cross and Jesus carrying a globe in His hand among others were considered for the statue. However, the statue we know today was chosen.The construction work took nine years to be completed from 1922 to 1931 at a cost equivalent to $3.4 million in 2016. It was officially opened on October 12, 1931.

Restoration Of The Statue

Rain and wind have worn away part of the statue’s stone tiles necessitating its repairs and renovation. Several periodic repairs and renovations have been carried out on the statue over years including a major cleaning in 1980. Several escalators, walkways, and elevators were installed in 2003 to facilitate easy access to the platforms surrounding the statue. A chapel was built at its base in 2006 to mark its 75th anniversary. In 2010, its restoration was part of the preparation for World Cup games and it involved removal of a crust of fungi and the repair of cracks and the lighting system. The strong wind and erosion, as well as lightning strikes, have necessitated its regular maintenance. The statue is likely to be darker in the coming years since the original pale stones used in its construction have diminished in quantity and the replacement and the restoration work is being done by the darker stones.

The Statue As One Of The "Seven New Wonders of the World"

In 2007, the statue was included in the final list of the Seven New Wonders of the World after it was voted for overwhelmingly. Over 100 million people took part in the voting for the final list of seven from an initial list that included 21 finalists. The competition was sponsored by New Open World Corporation.

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Showing results that are more significant than the industry’s average, the LGBT tourism in Brazil presents itself as one of the sectors with the greatest development potential.

https://goo.gl/yHVMr1

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Voting opens for 2017 World Spa Awards

Voting has opened today for the 3rd annual World Spa Awards – the premier awards programme for the spa and wellness tourism industry. The nominees now face the all-important 16 week voting window.

Members of the spa and wellness community, both tourism professionals and spa consumers, are invited to vote from the shortlist of 2017 World Spa Awards finalists here.

The winners will be revealed at the glittering 2017 World Spa Awards Ceremony being staged in Vietnam on the 9th December.

JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa has been chosen to host the spa and wellness industry’s event of the year. Spa and wellness industry leaders from across the globe will enjoy a weekend of unrivalled networking as well as exclusive spa and wellness activities.

The highlight of the weekend will, of course, be the red carpet Gala Ceremony itself on the evening of December 9th when the World Spa Awards winners will be unveiled.

World Spa Awards Managing Director, Rebecca Cohen, said: “Revealing the nominees for our annual awards programme is always an exciting time of year for the spa and wellness industry. Within the thriving luxury spa sector, we are seeing spectacular spas emerge in every corner of the globe.

"And in our fast-paced, modern lives it is encouraging to see the rapidly expanding wellness tourism market coming to the forefront for those seeking positive energy and new beginnings.

"As well as taking the time to vote for their favourites, we invite consumers and trade professionals alike to also discover new, inspirational and invigorating escapes awaiting them the world over!”

The World Spa Awards programme has categories for the Best Hotel Spa, Best Resort Spa, Best Wellness Retreat and Best Safari Spa at country level. This year has seen a huge increase in entries in the wellness retreat category, as this sector gains increased market awareness across the world.

The individual country level winner with the most overall votes will not only win the national award, but also the world level award in the respective category.

The categories Best Day Spa and Best Spa Destination exist at regional level, that is Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, Indian Ocean, Latin America, Middle East, North America and Oceania.

A number of unique categories exist on a world level only, including: World’s Best Airline Lounge Spa, World’s Best Desert Spa, World’s Best Eco Spa, World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand, World’s Best Medical Spa, World’s Best New Hotel Spa, World’s Best New Resort Spa, World’s Best Spa Design and the highly competitive World’s Best Spa Signature Treatment.

Voting will close on the 13th October.

http://worldspaawards.com/nominees/2017
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Mother's Day might feel like it's only just over, but Father's Day has now arrived. It is usually held on the third Sunday of June. This year, it falls on Sunday June 18, today, so Happy Fathers Day to all Dad's across the World.
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Roteiro pet friendly: Região Serrana do Rio de Janeiro

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Rio de Janeiro

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‘Disney On Ice – Festival Mágico no Gelo’ começa temporada no Brasil

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Gorgeous photos to celebrate World Oceans Day

On the 8th of June, the world celebrated “World Oceans Day”. The day aim is for a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future.

Red Bull, through Reuters Media Express, released these stunning photographs celebrating the beauty of our seas.

Why would you pollute this?

https://www.thesouthafrican.com/18-gorgeous-photos-to-celebrate-world-oceans-day-pictures/
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6/11/17
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Rio de Janeiro #Brazil

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Ministério quer festas juninas atraindo turistas brasileiros e estrangeiros

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