Did you know the famous statue Christ the Redeemer, which stands on the Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is partly Swedish? At 99 feet tall, the Art Deco statue is the fifth largest statue of Jesus in the world, and was partly built by Skånska Cement. The concrete in the foundation of the statue came from Limhamn in Malmö.

Local engineer Heitor da Silva Costa designed it, and it was sculpted by Polish-French sculptor Paul Landowski between 1926 and 1931. In October 2006, on the statue’s 75th birthday, a chapel was consecrated under the statue, allowing Catholics to celebrate baptisms and weddings there.
Christ the Redeemer can be seen in a number of movies, including the 1942 Bette Davis film “Now, Voyager” and Alfred Hitchcock’s 1946 film “Notorious,” starring Ingrid Bergman. It is also featured in Janet Jackson’s video “Runaway,” as well as in the 2011 animated film “Rio.”

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