Visit Christ the Redeemer
At the top of the Corcovado Mountain sits the world’s largest religious statue. Providing panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro, Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor in Portuguese) rises 125 feet (38 meters) into the sky and stretches 92 feet (28 meters) from fingertip to fingertip. Built exclusively on money donated by Brazil’s Catholic community, this statue was officially open to the public in 1932. In 2007, Christ the Redeemer was named one of the new 7 world wonders, and now receives more than 5,000 visitors every day!
Where: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ages: All ages may visit the statue.
Visitor Information: If possible, you’ll want to keep an eye on the weather forecast to pick a clear day for your visit. Go early to avoid the crowds or look into taking a private tour to skip the lines. It can also get hazy later in the day, hindering views (though this site does provide an amazing view of the city at night). There are 220 steps to reach the base of the statue, but escalators were recently built for greater accessibility to visitors. A digital information board on the main platform gives information about Christ the Redeemer’s history.
Tickets may be purchased online (about $3),or from a few select locations in Rio de Janiero. Tickets can often be purchased in conjunction with train tickets. There are 3 ways to get to the top of the Corcovado Mountain:
- Trains leave every 30 minutes and it takes 15-20 minutes to reach the top.
- Vans or taxis can be arranged to drive you to the top.
- It is possible to hike through the Tijuca National Forest to get to Christ the Redeemer. The hike provides opportunities to see waterfalls and Capuchin monkeys, but robberies have been known to occur along the trail. For safety reasons, hiking without a guide is generally not recommended.
Bonus: Anyone in need of prayer can complete an online form to send their prayer requests or praises to the Sanctuary of Corcovado, in the chapel of the monument.
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