Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Cristo Redentor

One of the new seven wonders of the world, Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) is Brazil's largest monument and most widely recognized landmark. Located at the peak of Corcovado in Tijuca National Park, the 1145 ton, 39 meter-tall Christ statue towers over the city, greeting the sunrise to the east with outstretched arms.

Here's a close-up:

Cristo Redentor

And the stunning vistas from the top:

East - Pão de Açúcar, Botafogo Cove, Atlantic Ocean
North - Guanabara Bay, Ponte Presidente Costa e Silva, Niterói
South - Lagoa, Ipanema, Morro dos Cabritos
Southwest - Leblon, Jockey Club, more mountains, more ocean

É incrível, não?