Rio’s Christ the Redeemer Statue’s Thumb Chipped in Storm

23 Jan 2014 by Aditi Galande, No Comments »

A violent lightning storm hit Brazil on Thursday night, hitting the thumb on the right hand of the 38m (125ft) statue known as the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue created by Rio de Janeiro. Father Omar, of the Archdiocese of Rio, who manages the shrine that holds the statue, said that the monument, which sits atop the 2,000-foot Corcovado mountain, is often hit by lightning during storms. Thursday’s storm had one of the highest numbers of lightning strikes recorded in Brazil since the country began monitoring storms in 1999. The National Institute for Space Research (Inpe) told O Globo that the statue has been struck by lightning on average between three and five times a year. The middle finger of the right hand was also chipped by lightning last month.

“They say lightning does not strike the same spot twice. But with the Christ it does,” the priest said. “The statue is set to be refurbished next month, during which time the broken finger and other damage will be fixed using the church’s stockpile of the same stone used to build the statue,” Omar said.

The monument was established on 12 October 1931 on top of Rio’s Mt Corcovado and is considered the largest Art Deco-style sculpture in the world. It is visited by nearly two million people every year and in 2010 underwent a $4
million (£2.7m) restoration.

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The Christ the Redeemer monument in Brazil as it gets struck by a lightning bolt.

Christ the Redeemer is one of Brazil's most iconic landmarks.

Christ the Redeemer is one of Brazil’s most iconic landmarks.

 

Thursday's storm reportedly saw more than 40,000 lightning strikes

Thursday’s storm reportedly saw more than 40,000 lightning strikes.

 

The monument has been struck by lightning before.

The monument has been struck by lightning before.

 

Source and photo credits: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/01/rios-christ-chips-finger-in-lightning-storm/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/18/jesus-statue-lightning-_n_4622673.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-25791938

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