Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue lit up to honour healthcare workers (VIDEO)

Apr 13 2020, 10:56 am

Brazil’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro was illuminated to resemble a doctor on Easter Sunday to honour frontline healthcare workers who continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to an Instagram post published by the Santuário Cristo Redentor (Sanctuary of Christ the Redeemer), the gesture was meant to pay tribute to essential workers and professionals working diligently and selflessly to combat coronavirus.

It was a joint effort between the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro, the Sanctuary of Christ the Redeemer, and the Secretary of State for Culture.

 

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The projection included images of a doctor’s lab coat complete with a stethoscope as well as videos of doctors donning their various medical equipment, such as protective masks.

Words such as “Obrigado,” as well as “thank you” in several other languages, were also projected.

The message of staying home was also emphasized.

This is not the first time that the Christ the Redeemer statue has lit up to support coronavirus relief and prevention efforts.

Back in March, the statue was illuminated with flags of various international countries impacted by the coronavirus pandemic along with the message #praytogether translated in multiple languages.

Monuments around the world have made similar tributes and messages of support, including Switzerland’s Matterhorn, which was recently lit up with messages of hope during the countrywide lockdown.