Christ The Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro: History, Photos, And Why It's There

Statue of Christ the Redeemer in clouds, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Paulo Fridman/Corbis via Getty Images)

There is much to love about the Christ the Redeemer statue found high above the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The colossal statue, which towers over the South American city with outstretched arms, has become a symbol of Rio de Janeiro and an icon of Christianity.