Here, in the dense fog, early on the morning of our ascent, at the top of Mount Corcovado, is the symbol of the city, the concrete statue of Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro is a huge seaside city in Brazil, famed for its Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, 30 meter (98 feet) Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado – named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World — and for Sugarloaf Mountain, a granite peak with cable cars to its summit. The city is also known for its sprawling favelas (shanty towns). Its raucous Carnaval festival, featuring parade floats, flamboyant costumes and samba dancers, is considered the world’s largest.
“Rio de Janeiro is the second-most populous municipality in Brazil [population of 6.5 million] and the sixth-most populous in the Americas… Part of the city has been designated as a World Heritage Site, named “Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea”, by UNESCO on 1 July 2012 as a Cultural Landscape. Founded in 1565 by the Portuguese, the city was initially the seat of the Captaincy of Rio de Janeiro, a domain of the Portuguese Empire… Rio has a tropical savanna climate that closely borders a tropical monsoon climate.” — Wikipedia
We were fortunate to be able to book an early morning (7 am) van to drive across Rio de Janeiro from the port to the top of Mount Corcovado to visit the symbol of the city, the concrete statue of Christ the Redeemer. After climbing the last 200 steps to the viewing platform at the base of the statue, we found that the statue, the platform and the entire city were enveloped in fog. Over the course of the hour we spent there, the fog swirled and a few openings in the fog gave us views of both the statue, which is magnificent, and vistas of portions of the sprawling city, below.
Christ the Redeemer is an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, created by French sculptor Paul Landowski and built by the Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa and constructed between 1922 and 1931
Christ the Redeemer is an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, created by French sculptor Paul Landowski and built by the Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, in collaboration with the French engineer Albert Caquot. Romanian sculptor Gheorghe fashioned the face. Constructed between 1922 and 1931, the statue is 30 metres (98 feet) tall, excluding its 8-metre (26 feet) pedestal. The arms stretch 28 metres (92 feet) wide. The statue weighs 635 metric tons, and is located at the peak of the 700-metre (2,300 feet) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro. A symbol of Christianity across the world, the statue has also become a cultural icon of both Rio de Janeiro and Brazil, and is listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone.” — Wikipedia
While we were at the platform adjacent to the base of Christ the Redeemer at the top of Mount Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the fog had momentary moments of clearing to the east where we could see the main beach of Ipanema, beyond Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon
From left to right in the distance are Copacabana (just out of the field of view on the left), Ipanema and its beach, and the Jockey Club on the right; in the foreground are the Jardim Botânico district, the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, and Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A close-up of Ipanema and its beach, behind the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, with the small islands of Monumento Natural do Arquipélago das Ilhas Cagarras in the distance, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Museo do Amanhã (The Museum of Tomorrow) is a science museum in the city designed by Spanish neofuturistic architect Santiago Calatrava and built next to the waterfront at Pier Maua, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Aqua Rio (Aquário Marinho do Rio de Janeiro) is the largest marine aquarium of South America and is located next to the waterfront at Pier Maua, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Across from the the waterfront at Pier Maua, on the hill, is a large favela, Brazilian Portuguese for slum — a low-income, historically informal urban area in Brazil; Rio de Janeiro
A favela, Brazilian Portuguese for slum, is a low-income historically informal urban area in Brazil. The first favela, now known as Providêcia in the center of Rio de Janeiro, appeared in the late 19th century, built by soldiers who had nowhere to live following the Canudos War. Some of the first settlements were called bairros africanos (African neighborhoods). Over the years, many former enslaved Africans moved in. Even before the first favela came into being, poor citizens were pushed away from the city and forced to live in the far suburbs. However, most modern favelas appeared in the 1970s due to rural exodus, when many people left rural areas of Brazil and moved to cities. Unable to find places to live, many people found themselves in favelas… Although favelas are found in urban areas throughout Brazil, many of the more famous ones exist in Rio.” —Wikipedia
The central district of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, hosts a hodge-podge of architectural styles from various decades of the 20th and 21st centuries; the standout building is in the background, with a crucifix design built into the structure
Ponte Presidente Costa e Silva (President Costa e Silva Bridge), completed in 1974, is the longest prestressed concrete bridge in the southern hemisphere and the sixth longest in the world; it connects Rio de Janeiro with the northern regions of Brazil
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