Christ The Redeemer: The Youngest Of All The Seven Wonders

By | August 9, 2019

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A helicopter flies next to the Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 06 Aug 2016. Source: (Photo: Soeren Stache/dpa | usage worldwide (Photo by Soeren Stache/picture alliance via Getty Images)

When it comes to world wonders, there are two lists to look at. The first one is the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, which includes a bunch of amazing things that no longer exist, like the Lighthouse at Alexandria, the Colossus of Rhodes, and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. In fact, the only remaining member of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World club is the Great Pyramid at Giza. Then, because everything gets a reboot these days, there is the New Seven Wonders of the World. On this list, we find plenty of ancient structures, like Chichen Itza, the Great Wall of China, and the Taj Mahal. Included in this list is the youngest of all the world wonders, one that is not yet 100 years old. It is the Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil. 

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Christ the Redeemer overlooks Rio de Janeiro. Source: (

Construction Started in the 1920s

Unlike the other structures on the New Seven Wonders of the World list, Christ the Redeemer is modern. Although plans were batted around for seven decades, the construction on the statue started in 1922 and was completed by 1931. It was Pedro Maria Boss, a Catholic priest, who first envisioned a giant statue on Corcovado Mountain, overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. A committee was formed to raise funds and pick a design.