Miracle Makeover: Rio De Janeiro's Landmark Christ Statue Before & After Lightning Strike

01/23/2014 at 07:45 AM EST

Repairs start on Brazil's Christ the Redeemer Statue after lighting storm
Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, struck by lightning
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Rio De Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue was at the center of a vicious storm last week.

Photos from the severe weather event create the extraordinary illusion that the landmark was conjuring the lightning bolts itself.

In reality, the 125-ft.-tall statue was struck several times during the storm, causing damage to its face and right hand, according to the BBC.

On Tuesday, repairs began on the tourist attraction that towers over the Brazilian metropolis. The repair work is estimated to take four months to complete, but the site will remain open during the restoration due to the statue's numerous visitors.



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Lightning flashes over the statue of Christ the Redeemer on top of the Corcovado hill in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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After a barrage of bolts, it's going to take more than a few bandages to repair Christ the Redeemer. The statue has additional damage from earlier storms.

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A worker inspects the arm of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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Christ the Redeemer already went through a $4 million restoration in 2010. The statue frequently requires repairs due to its position on the top of Corcovado Mountain.

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Christ the Redeemer statue's chipped finger

Felipe Dana / AP

In addition to repairing the landmark's right thumb, right middle finger and face, crews will also be adding more lightning rods to the statue.

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Worker examines the head of Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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Christ the Redeemer, inaugurated in 1931, is hit by lightning approximately three to five times a year, and it is visited by 2 million tourists annually.

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