Inaugurated in 1931 this is maybe Rio's most famous landmark: the Statue of Christ blessing the city with open arms. It can be seen from most South Side neighbourhoods. The statue stands on the hill of Corcovado, which is 710 m tall (about 2,400 feet). The Statue of Christ, the Redeemer was a gift of France to the city, and it stands 30 meters high (100 feet). At its base is a chapel big enough for 150 people. This spot offers a 360° view to Rio.
After a train ride up the mountain side the final ascent to the peak is made by foot, climbing what feels like 1000 steps.
My first visit here was during November 1999. The first time I stood beside this amazing statue I felt a strange feeling and I knew that I would return again.
My second visit was in February of 2000.
I have plans to visit Corcovado again in the not too distant future.