Abseiling engineers begin repairs Rio’s Christ the Redeemer

A team of specialists has begun to repair the statue of Christ the Redeemer, overlooking Rio de Janeiro, after it was damaged by a lightening strike last month.

The Rio Archdiocese, owner of the statue, has entrusted the work to a group of abseiling eigineers, to avoid the use of scaffolds, and allow visits to continue while repairs are underway. Archbishop Orani Tempesta blessed the workers on Friday.

The statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park, is considered to be the largest Art Deco figure in the world. It is 30 metres tall, not including its eight metres pedestal, and its arms stretch 28 metres wide. It weighs 635 tonnes. Continue reading

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