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Thumb Damage…

Credit AFP
Credit AFP

Rio’s famous Christ Redeemer statue was struck by lightening last Thursday, damaging his right thumb.

Ahead of the World Cup later this year, many have been worried about the damage to the most iconic landmark in Brazil, which is visited by over two million visitors every year. The statue was inaugurated in October 1931 at the top of the Corcovado Mountain and is the worlds largest Art Deco statue.

Officials from the Archdiocese of Rio, who look after the statue have however told the press that repairs will be made very soon.

The statue is hit by lightening on average 3-5 times per year, but last Thursday’s storm had the most strikes since 1999.

We hope Christo is back to his old self soon!