Photo: Epic Christ the Redeemer selfie goes viral

Lee Thompson snaps a startling selfie atop Christ the Redeemer. Photo: With permission from Thompson/ The Flash Pack
Lee Thompson snaps a startling selfie atop Christ the Redeemer. Photo: With permission from Thompson/ The Flash Pack

A British man may have snapped the most daring, breathtaking selfie ever captured after climbing to the top of Brazil’s towering Christ the Redeemer statue.

Thirty-one-year old Lee Thompson recently tweeted the photograph, which was taken on the head of the 124-foot tall statue, which is located in Rio de Janeiro. Thompson, co-founder of tourism company The Flash Pack, was able to talk his way into climbing the statue as it underwent maintenance.

“My #selfie at the top of Christ The Redeemer statue in #Rio!…” Thompson tweeted along with the picture on Thursday.

Since then, the Christ the Redeemer selfie has gone viral.

Thompson told The Telegraph that the 25-minute climb was scary, and felt “extremely hot, eerily quiet and claustrophic” at times, but well worth the view.

“When I popped my head out of the top it took my breath away. The view really was incredible. It is the most fun selfie I’ve taken and one of my favorite photos,” Thompson said.

He also shot video of his climb:

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