A couple of weekends ago we went to see Christ the Redeemer. We hadn't been yet because we were waiting for our friends to visit! According to Wikipedia, This statue was built between 1922 and 1931. It is made out of concrete and soapstone. Christ the Redeemer is listed as one of the 10 modern wonders of the world. It sits (stands?) atop Corcovado mountain, with a splendid view of the entire city of Rio de Janeiro!
Here are some pictures of the statue:
|We were soooo excited to have our friends come visit!|
|(apparently Peter can't smile like a normal person for any pictures)|
We spent the day before at the beach, hence my nice tan. ;)
|Ok, there's a somewhat normal smile, finally|
|LOL this picture makes me laugh. "Where's Jesus' head?!"|
I'm going to do a separate post of the views of Rio from the top of Corcovado, but in the meantime, here are a couple of sneak peeks!
|L-R: Guanabara bay, Sugar Loaf, Copacabana beach|
The best way to get up Corcovado mountain is by taking the train. Tell your taxi driver you want to go to "Cristo Redentor" (kree-stoo he-den-tor) and they should automatically take you to the train station. It costs 50 reais per person and takes about 20 minutes to scale the mountain.
Try to go on a clear and sunny day, otherwise you may not get a nice view of the city. We were lucky - it had been cloudy and raining, but we saw that it was clearing up, so we scurried over as fast as we could. It is really crowded at the statue, so you may need to be creative with your picture-taking (hence all of the "from below" shots we took).
If you are planning a trip to Rio de Janeiro, make sure you take time to see Christ the Redeemer!