Brazil – Christ the Redeemer (statue)

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Perched on the summit of the Morro do Corcovado, a solid stone mountain 704 meters high, is the iconic Christ the Redeemer monument. Visible from almost every part of Rio de Janeiro, this monument was elected one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. The statue was inaugurated on October 12, 1931, after five years in construction, is 38 meters high and weighs approximately 1,100 tons. Long before the statue was built, Corcovado was already an important tourist spot in the city. The Corcovado Railway, the country’s first tourist railroad, was inaugurated in 1884, almost 50 years before the construction of Christ the Redeemer. Thousands of visitors go to Corcovado to admire the unparalleled view of the Marvelous City. The statue is certainly Brazil’s most famous landmark, located in the first sector of the Tijuca Forest National Park.

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