updated 01/22/2014 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 01/23/2014 AT 7:45 AM ET
Photos from the severe weather event create the extraordinary illusion that the landmark was conjuring the lightning bolts itself.
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.
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.
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.
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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