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Top sights in Rio de Janeiro
Today the Cristo Redentor ("Christ the Redeemer") statue is the symbol of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil and one of the 7 Wonders of the World, but there was a time when the massive Art Deco rendering of Christ overlooking the city was only a dream of the people.
Building a large Christian statue atop the Corcovado (“hunchback” in Portuguese) first became an idea in 1850 as a monument to Princess Isabel, but the project was put on hold.
Brazil became a republic in 1889, but with the new separation of church and state the idea was abandoned. It would be another 30 years until another proposal.
In 1920 the giant population of Brazilian Catholics collected signatures and raised donations under the name of "The Catholic Circle of Rio."
There was much debate: the Christian cross, a statue of Jesus with a globe in his hands... but in the end the Christ opening his arms over the city was chosen as a symbol of peace.
It was an incredible architectural endeavor designed by local engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, sculpted by France’s Paul Landowski and the face etched by Romania’s Gheorghe Leonida.
You can take a tram, van, or bus to get to the base of the statue. Of course, you can also hike up or take a taxi. No need to give an address, every driver will know how to get there.
Tickets are necessary to enter the park.
- When should I visit?
- 8:00AM - 7:00PM
- Is it expensive?
- The entrance to the park is 50 Brazilian reales (about $22 USD).
- Will I need a guide?
- It's not necessary, but it surely could enrich your experience.
- How to get there
- Tram, van, bus, taxi, or hiking from the base
- Additional information
- Go early in the morning to avoid crowds and get the best photos. The sun will be behind the statue after midday. | If riding the tram, sit in the very back to get the best views.
What people are saying about Christ the Redeemer
This trip was far better than we could have imagined and included far more on the itinerary than stated in the tour description including the Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio which was stunning. The guide Bruno was 1st class and we couldn’t have asked for a better guide, he was probable, knowledgable and all round good fun and company to be around. He made the trip so interesting and was by far the best guide we encountered on our entire trip to Rio. The lunch was absolutely amazing too. I loved this tour, it made our trip and was essentially all of Rio’s highlights in 1 very well organised trip. Highly recommend
The statue itself and the view from Christ the Redeemer were spectacular, but the organisation left a lot to be desired. We had booked in advance and so when we got to the ticket booth, we were given yellow wristbands with 'preferential' on them. This meant nothing, as when the cog train came, we were pushed to the back of the queue and had to fight our way on
Pedro(the guide) got his message across in English clearly and understandably, while Alvis(the driver) negotiated the frightening ascent/descent to Christ The Redeemer expertly. I will do the same tour again with the duo if/when I come back to Rio. The particular City tour was money well spent. Dr. Toks Abiose.
Thank you Newton for an amazing tour! Expertise and knowledge of Rio was great by the tour guide and time efficiency was spot on! Newton and Elvis (driver) were welcoming and accommodating for us and other guests! Thank you both for showing the best of Rio in the most safest and reliable way.
Our guide Flavio was simply the best! Friendly, super knowledgeable and very kind - he made the wonderful sights and locations come to life with all his background knowledge and information. Overall an unforgettable and most enjoyable experience. Thoroughly recommended.