A Swiss railway takes the visitors to the top of the 704 m high mountain called "Corcovado". On the summit stands the statue of Jesus Christ, since 1931 it soon became the landmark of Rio de Janeiro. The statue is 30 m high and has a weight of 1,150 t. The viewing platform is the top attraction of Rio, frum up here you can enjoy the famous panorama over the city and the Sugarloaf. 


The "Botafogo" district has a central location, for climbing the "Corcovado" mountain and the "Sugar Loaf Mountain". On zhe picture you can see the view from the "Sugar Loaf" on Botafogo, with the "Corcovado" in the background. The name "Botafogo" comes from its former owner João Pereira de Sousa Botafogo. There are many boats in the beautiful bay with a sand beach.


To reach the 396 m high Sugarloaf "Pão de Açúcar", you get in the cable car at the Praça General Tiburcio. The cable car is called "O Bondinho" (the little train). On the "Morro da Urca" hill you will change for an other cable car, that takes you to the summit, with a sensational view on the city and the Copacabana. 

Igreja da Candelaria

Because their ship the "Candelaria" sunk almost in a storm, the passengers Palmas and Gonçalves vowed to build a chapel. The small chapel was built in 1609. The splendid baroque church, which stands here today, goes back to a donation by King João VI. in the year 1811. The dome was completed in 1877. 

Catedral Sao Sebastiao

The "Catedral Metropolitana de São Sebastião" is the seat of the bishop of Rio de Janeiro. The impressive concrete cathedral rises 75 meters into the sky. The architect Edgar Fonseca designed a light-flooded construction with colorful glass windows reminding of a Mayan pyramid. The huge interior has a diameter of 96 m on the ground floor. The construction of the new Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro was begun in 1964, the inauguration took place in 1979. The "Catedral Metropolitana" is one of the most striking buildings in the center of Rio de Janeiro. 

Aqueduto de Carioca

The "Aqueduto de Carioca" was opened in 1750 and transported water from the mountains into the city. In 1896 it became superfluous and was used by the tram company to build a route to "Santa Teresa". The ride is one of the highlights of Rio. The aqueduct is also known as "Arcos da Lapa". 

Escadaria Selaron

The artist Jorge Selarón started decorating the staircase in front of his house with colorful tiles in 1990. The Chilean used mostly the colors of the Brazilian flag. He thus processes a problem of his past with a pregnant African woman, the main motif of his paintings. In 2013, he was found dead on the stairs. 


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