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Rio Highlight: Christ the Redeemer Statue

Visit the World Famous Christ the Redeemer Statue

Perched on top of the Corcovado Mountain, the 131 foot tall (40m) statue of Christ the Redeemer gazes out at the Rio de Janeiro skyline. The 635 ton statue depicts Christ with his arms outstretched in an almost welcoming embrace and is not only a powerful symbol for Christianity across the world but has also become a cultural icon for Rio de Janeiro and Brazil. The easiest and most popular way to reach the statue is to take a narrow-gauge train that leaves every 30 minutes and journeys for 20 minutes but it is also possible to take an authorized van through the stunning Tijuca Park. The summit offers splendid panoramic views of downtown Rio de Janeiro, long shiny beaches and the endless outstretch of the sea. The five-year project of building this monumental statue was originally undertaken to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Brazil’s independence. Some fun facts about the statue include that it has been struck by lightning (which resulted in the damage of two fingers and Christ’s forehead) and that it suffered an act of mindless vandalism in 2010. The iconic statue has been featured in many films and documentaries and took its place in the list of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. See more of our favorite experiences in Rio de Janeiro…

Christ the Redeemer Statue, Rio de Janeiro

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