Christ the Redeemer is a monument located at the top of Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro. He is considered one of the most famous images of the christianity and is one of the main tourist attractions in the city. Last Friday, the 10th, a photographer and local resident recorded an impressive image. Understand!
Lightning strikes the monument
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The situation went viral social media, as a photographer from Rio managed to record the exact moment when lightning hit the statue. The recordings were made at 18:55 and 19:36 using a Nikon D800 camera with 70-200mm f/2.8E at 70mm (Cristo) and 50mm f/1.8G (Antennas).
The author of the photo is Fernando Braga, software developer. On the day he made the record, the carioca shared the image on his social networks. Actress Viola Davis also reposted.
”Divine Lightning and Lightning Antennas. Friday! Unstoppable. Never give up. Lots and lots of frustrated attempts to catch the lightning falling on Christ. Many rains and days passed. I got close a few times, but I had never managed to get to Cristo. And right there that I love to photograph! I already have a very special photo for me which was the Blessed Moon. Now it's Divine Lightning! As I love a timelapse and it is difficult in this case, right…”
Learn more about the statue
The statue of Christ the Redeemer was built to commemorate the centenary of Brazil's independence and was inaugurated on October 12, 1931. It measures 30 meters high, including the base, and weighs around 1,145 tons.
The statue is made of copper-coated concrete and is located in a privileged position, with a panoramic view of the city of Rio de Janeiro and Guanabara Bay.
If you are visiting Rio de Janeiro, Christ the Redeemer is a highly recommended attraction. In addition to admiring the statue, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the city and the sea.
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