Corcovado Cristo Redentor
Statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado is the most impressive image of Rio. The climb to the top and the breathtaking views of the city are an experience.
Pedro II ordered the construction of the railroad to Corcovado and, in 1885, a steam train brought the first visitors up the steep mountainside. With the addition of the Cristo Redentor some 50 years later, Rio found its ultimate symbol. The elegant art deco statue was assembled on site and opened on October 12, 1931.
Since its foundation on peak hunchback, Christ Redeemer offers superb views of the Zona Sul: Copacabana, Ipanema, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas and Botanical Garden; inland, the views beyond the Maracana stadium. The Corcovado receives over one million visitors a year, so there are always people. Should check the weather before leaving, because sometimes the clouds envelop the peak throughout the day. In the afternoon there are fewer crowds and you can enjoy the spectacle of lights - which are lit at dusk bathing the statue of a golden color.
The funicular, which slowly ascends through lush vegetation, is the best way to climb to the top. Anyone wishing to take a ride can get off at the station Paineras, from where a picturesque about 3km trail that passes by several waterfalls and the Dona Marta lookout.
This statue, considered the largest representation of Christ in the world, is located 709 meters above sea level. From its location on top of Corcovado Mountain will have a panoramic view of the entire city and its natural environment, the Sugar Loaf and the beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon. Its construction lasted five years. It was opened in 1931.
The project was led by engineer Heitor da Silva Costa. Is 38 meters high and 28 meters wide between the ends of the arms extended. You can climb in the car or Trem do Corcovado, amounting between Floresta Tijuaca for twenty minutes.
The drive to the sommet is fine even if the children we bump into the road say it's difficult and offer guidance for pay. You have to park in the parking lot of the former Hotel Paneiras, from where the caravans go to the summit.
The cog railway trip (3824m, duration 20 min) through the thick forest of Tijuaca is a wonderful start to our visit to Corcovado. Opened on October 9, 1884 by Emperor Pedro II, the way was originally riden by steam trains. Electric trains were put into service in 1910.
Christ the Redeemer on the top of Corcovado to 710 m above sea level. Facing Guanabara Bay, this statue has only 30m high and 1145 tons. The Catholic Church set a competition to erect a monument that commemorated the centenary of the Independence of Brazil (1922). The statue is work of the Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa. It took five years of work and was inaugurated on October 12, 1931 by President Vargas. From the Platform you can see the citywide and the Guanabara Bay, when the weather is clear
If you drive, stand up on the Mirante Dona Marta for a city view details.
Address: R. Cosme Velho, 513, Corcovado 22241-090
Area: Centro, Gávea
Phone:+55 21 2558-1329
Opening times:8:30 to 18:30
Author: Heitor da Silva Costa, Paul Landowski
Style: Modern movement
Area of interest: Architecture, History
Services: Religious temple