- "Thus, the sculpture serves to give people one thought - 'Everything is in God's hands.'"
– Sergey Semenov
Cristo Redentor's bonuses are quite useful to Culture-oriented civilizations, especially if religion has been a part of their strategy. It combines particularly well with Mont St. Michel (since it stops the Tourism produced by defeated Apostles' Relics from diminishing in the later eras) and the Eiffel Tower (which increases the yield of all Seaside Resorts by 4 Tourism and 2 Gold even before the effects of Cristo Redentor kick in). Any cultural civ attempting to win primarily using Seaside Resorts should make building both Cristo Redentor and the Eiffel Tower a high priority, although Mvemba's Kongo and Jadwiga's Poland have even more incentive to build Cristo Redentor in order to take full advantage of their Relic-related bonuses.
The largest art deco statue in the world, Cristo Redentor (“Christ the Redeemer”) stands atop Corcovado Mountain 2300 feet above Rio de Janeiro, keeping a watchful eye on the sinners of that city. With arms spread wide to embrace the city sprawling below in spectacular disorder, this statue of Christ stands 98 feet tall, with the arms measuring 92 feet from fingertip to fingertip. It was sculpted by the Frenchman Paul Landowski, and built of reinforced concrete and soapstone. The idea of putting a giant statue of Christ above the city was first proposed by the Catholic priest Pedro Boss; proposed again in 1920 by the “Catholic Circle” of Rio, the group raised the necessary funds from donations, mostly from devout Brazilian Catholics (of course). Construction began in 1922, and the monument opened to the public in October 1931.