The world famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is set to join a growing list of world monuments that will be donning green on St. Patrick’s Day.
RTE News reports that Irish president Michael D. Higgins signed an agreement with Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro Orani Joao Tempesta on Wednesday night, which said the statue will be lit up green on March 17th.
Other famous spots around the world that go green for St. Patrick’s Day include The White House fountains in Washington DC, Niagara Falls, and the Sydney Opera House.
In February, Tourism Ireland’s chief executive Niall Gibbons said the annual campaign to have famous spots “go green” is a very cost effective way of promoting Ireland.
“Our aim is to bring a smile to the world and to convey the message that Ireland continues to offer a warm welcome, fun and spontaneity, alongside fantastic scenery and cultural activities,” he said.
Irish tourism minister Leo Varadkar also said in February that St. Patrick’s Day provides “a unique shop window for Ireland around the world, for Irish tourism and for trade and investment.”
The statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro took nine years to build and was finished in 1931. It stands 40 metres tall and has a span of 28 metres. Five years ago, the statue was voted as one of the seven new wonders of the world.
The massive statue is currently the responsibility of Catholic Church in Brazil, and is currently illuminated in pink for breast cancer awareness month.