The Art Deco-style Christ the Redeemer statue has been looming over the Brazilians from upon Corcovado mountain in an awe-inspiring state of eternal blessing since 1931. The 130-foot reinforced concrete-and-soapstone statue was designed by Heitor da Silva Costa and cost approximately $250,000 to build – much of the money was raised through donations. The statue has become an easily recognized icon for Rio and Brazil.

“Just look at that view!” yelled Clawdette. As we explored the area around the Christ the Redeemer statue, Cletus Jr. decided to climb a little higher for the picture. This symbol of peace was overwhelming in size and beauty. It’s such a reminder of how much Jesus loves us. Because the 2016 Olymics were held in Rio, we got to do a little shopping and bring home some Olympic souvenirs to our friends in the Louisiana bayou, especially Boudreaux!