Rio de Janeiro – Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer is a massive statue of Jesus Christ standing with welcoming arms on the summit of Mount Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was completed in 1931 and stands at nearly 100 feet tall with an equally wide wingspan. The statue is one of Rio de Janeiro‚Äôs most recognizable landmarks and is considered one of the seven man-made wonders of the world.

When Rio hit my travel radar, Christ the Redeemer was destination #1.

First good view on the approach after a lift up the mountain.
The elevation is apparent in this photo looking down on the city.

I had plenty of time to explore the area around Christ the Redeemer and check out the vistas. It was amazing though how quickly the weather turned for the worse. In the image below, you can see the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain which is on a peninsula at the mouth of Guanabara Bay. If you have time and weather allows, Sugarloaf is said to be another key point of interest in Rio with amazing views. Unfortunately, it was time to get off the mountain and the next stop wouldn’t be Sugarloaf.

Brazil was once as a colony of Portugal but has since become an independent nation. Portugal has a similar statue called Christ the King overlooking Lisbon that was inspired by Christ the Redeemer.

Rio de Janeiro – The Selaron Steps

Escadaria de Selaron (Selaron steps) is a world-famous artistic site in Rio de Janeiro. The tiled steps are the work of Jorge Selaron who created this space as tribute to the Brazilian people.

He shared his story on the tiles below.

Over the years, Jorge Selaron’s art received international recognition and his street art has become a major tourist attraction in Rio. His work was even featured in Brazil’s Olympic promotional video.

The Instagram location…
…but the stairs keep going and going.

While Selaron purchased many completed artistic tiles or had tiles donated by others, he used many of them as a canvas for his own paintings.

Selaron was found dead on his stairs at the age of 65. At last, his work was complete. Escadaria Selaron lives on as major attraction in Rio de Janerio.

Jorge Selaron

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