Christ the Redeemer sporting Brazil in World Cup

Visitors can test their fear of heights by rappelling from the tower's nearly 575-foot-tall observation deck. (NBC/RTV)

RIO DE JANEIRO (NBC/RTV) — Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer statue is apparently a Brazil fan.

Sunday night the lights illuminating the landmark statue changed to Brazil’s green and yellow.

The South American country is preparing to host the 2014 World Cup this month.

Matches will be played in Rio de Janeiro and eleven other Brazilian cities.

The final will take place in Rio’s Maracana stadium on July 13.

The Christ the Redeemer statue’s patriotic color shift was part of a modernization of the statue’s lighting system, which coincided with the Catholic Church’s 48th World Day for Social Communications.

The modern lighting system uses more than 300 LED projectors controlled by a tablet. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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