Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer

Towering above Rio and well known by most of the world is the statue of Christ the Redeemer - the largest Art Deco Sculpture in the world at a height of 38 metres above its base. Originally installed in 1931, it begs the question "How did they do it?" as well as the heathen question "Why did they do it?"

Apparently it was paid for by the people of Rio to celebrate 100 years of independence from Portugal and is made of some 1000 tons of reinforced concrete and soapstone.

Reached by a trip on a cog railway to a height of 710 metres above the city below, this is the other 'must see' for tourists, and the views from the summit are worthy of the hype.

Trisha and the statue, complete with other tourists performing the obligatory 'spread arms for the photo'.

View across to Sugarloaf.

 A closer look to Sugarloaf.

Looking over Downtown Rio with the bridge to Niteroi in the background.

Trisha with Sugarloaf.

Looking down to some of the pricier apartments in Rio around the shore of Largoa Rodrigo de Freitas which is at the back of Ipanema and Leblon.

The two brothers.

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