British Photographer Takes Selfie Atop 98-Foot-Tall ‘Christ the Redeemer’ Statue in Rio de Janeiro

Christ the Redeemer

British photographer Lee Thompson was on assignment covering the World Cup in Brazil when he paid a visit to the 98-foot tall Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, eventually climbing up the inside of the statue and taking a selfie on its head. According to Thompson, the whole thing happened spur of the moment.

A severe lightning storm had damaged the statue in January and I knew that workers were busy with repairs, so decided to take a stab in the dark and along with my colleague, Oliver Harvey, managed to convince the Brazil tourist board to allow us to climb to the top and take some seriously vertigo-inducing photographs.

In addition to snapping several photos atop the 82-year-old Wonder of the World, Thompson also captured the daring ascent with the help of some GoPro cameras.

Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer

photos via The Flash Pack

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