Workers conclude repairs on Brazil's Christ statue

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Photo - FILE - In this June 27, 2014 file photo, Christ the Redeemer statue is silhouetted next to Sugar Loaf Mountain, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio's Archbishop Orani Tempesta presided over a ceremony Friday, July 11, 2014, marking the end to repairs made to the city's famed statue. The $856,000 repair project began six months ago after two fingers and part of the statue's head were chipped during lightning storms. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)
FILE - In this June 27, 2014 file photo, Christ the Redeemer statue is silhouetted next to Sugar Loaf Mountain, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio's Archbishop Orani Tempesta presided over a ceremony Friday, July 11, 2014, marking the end to repairs made to the city's famed statue. The $856,000 repair project began six months ago after two fingers and part of the statue's head were chipped during lightning storms. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's famous Christ the Redeemer statue has been fitted with new gear to protect it from future storms.

Rio de Janeiro Archbishop Orani Tempesta on Friday presided over a ceremony marking the end of repairs that were made to the 98-foot-tall (30-meter-tall) hilltop figure.

The repair project began six months ago after lightning damaged two fingers on the statue as well as its head. Crews installed new lightning rods as part of the $850,000 project.

Tourists were able to visit the statue during the repair work. The site's spectacular views of Rio make it one of Brazil's most popular attractions.

The statue was inaugurated in 1931 and underwent a $4 million renovation in 2010.

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