Ultimate Selfie Of A Travel Boss When He Snaps Himself On Top Of Brazil’s 124 ft-high Christ The Redeemer, The travel company boss has captured what could be the ultimate selfie after photographing himself at the top of Brazil’s iconic Christ The Redeemer statue. Very few people are able to climb the landmark in Rio de Janeiro, but Lee Thompson was able to convince the Brazilian tourist board to let him scale the monument. It took the 31-year-old almost half an hour to reach the summit of 124ft-high statue, climbing narrow steps where a single misplaced move would have resulted in serious injury, or worse.
Standing atop the 2,300ft-high Corcovado mountain, overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the statue of Christ The Redeemer, or Cristo Redentor in Portuguese, is one of the South American country’s most iconic landmarks. The statue, depicting Jesus Christ and used as a symbol of Brazilian Christianity, was the largest Art Deco statue in the world when it was completed in 1931, a record which stood until 2010 when it was beaten by the Christ the King statue in Poland.The statue itself is 98ft tall, and it stands atop a 26ft pedestal. Its arms reach 92 ft wide and the statue, made out of reinforced concrete and soapstone, weighs 635 tonnes.Work began on the statue in 1922, after it was first proposed by Catholic priest Pedro Maria Boss in the mid-1850s, who requested money from Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil to build a large religious monument on Corcovado.