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Photo of the Week: A Rio Welcome

Life in Rio de Janerio passes in a blur around the city's longstanding landmark.
by Britt Fracolli

Photo of the Week: A Rio Welcome

Often featured in aerial shots of Rio’s beautiful skyline, Brazilian photographer Ari Versiani offers us a close-up of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. This landmark is located atop the Corcovado hill and towers over those who visit, standing 98 feet tall from head to foot.  It was recently named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and represents the Christian faith of Rio residents and Brazilians alike. Access to this must-see attraction was made easier in 2002 with the installation of panoramic elevators and escalators that now take visitors to the top of Corcovado hill: in the past, people had to climb 220 steps to reach the top. 

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