Statue of Christ the Redeemer
By Nahoko Sato |
Travel to Rio de Janeiro for great food and to visit Christ the Redeemer, the statue that was created with the purpose of spreading peace and love among mankind.
VISIT CHRIST THE REDEEMER IN RIO DE JANEIRO
Today we’re traveling to one of the world’s destinations that have hosted the Olympics and that always receives us with open arms. Yes, it’s Brazil!
Brazil is the fifth biggest country, so yes, it’s huge! Actually, we could say its territory is as monumental as its famous statue: Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor in Portuguese), which was created with the purpose of spreading peace and love among mankind.
The iconic sculpture constructed from concrete and soapstone that’s located in Rio de Janeiro, at the top of Corcovado Mountain, is listed as World Heritage by UNESCO apart from being considered one of The New 7 Wonders of the World, so yes, it’s very special and impressive.
It was built to celebrate the country’s centenary of independence from Portugal. Brazil was independent in 1822, so it was the year 1922 when they started building the statue, which was finished in 1931.
STATUE OF LIBERTY AND CHRIST THE REDEEMER
Does the statue remind you of any other tall and eye-catching monument? Well, just as the Statue of Liberty, Christ the Redeemer was built in France and then transported to its final destination; in this case, Brazil. What a coincidence! French sculptor Paul Landowski sculpted the statue while Heitor da Costa e Silva supervised the placement of the statue on its pedestal in Brazil.
CHRIST THE REDEEMER STATUE DIMENSIONS
The statue is 39.6m tall, 30m wide, and it weights 635 tons! In that sense, it’s so big that it’s the world’s third tallest statue of Jesus; right after Poland’s Christ the King and Bolivia’s Cristo de la Concordia.
Meanwhile, Corcovado Mountain is 710m tall so, as you can easily imagine, when you visit the monument you will enjoy spectacular views of several districts of Rio de Janeiro. Don’t forget to prepare your camera to take great pictures! Actually,DINKtravelers recommends avoiding morning visits because the sun rises towards the statue impairing your sight. As a better option, visit the monument in the late afternoon, when the sun will be shining behind you, providing light over the harbor and city.
WHAT TO EAT IN RIO DE JANEIRO
After doing all that sightseeing you might feel hungry, but we have good news: Brazil has a very tasty food offer. First, enjoy a great steak meal by ordering a churrasco. What you’ll be served is a copious piece of grilled beefsteak. Waiters will come to your table with the grilled meat on skewers and they’ll slice as much as you want on your plate. Actually, this serving style is called espeto corrido in Brazil. Eat as much as you want! If you want some advice, have some grilled pineapple with your churrasco. It will help to digest the meat.
Also, don’t miss the feijoada. It’s like a meat stew with beans, which is considered one of the most representative dishes of Brazil. The usual way of eating feijoada is on top of rice, so enjoy how both flavors work in harmony. Then, if you like bread, try some pão de queijo (cheese bread). It’s to die for!
After your tasty meal, you’ll probably want something sweet. Brigadeiro is one of the greatest choices you’ll have. It’s a mixture of condensed milk, chocolate and cocoa powder. Have some with coffee while you enjoy the views of Christ the Redeemer from the city.