Rio de Janeiro

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Christ Redeemer

The statue of Christ Redeemer is a part of the new edition of the Seven Wonders of the World. The statue represents Rio and in 2008 it completed 77 years of its existence. The attraction was built approximately 38 meters high and covers 710 meters of the mountain, the statute was inaugurated in 1931. Situated on top of the Corcovado Mountain, initially one had to climb the 220 steps to reach the statue. Though, today with the help of escalators and elevators one can easily get to the statue.

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Christ Redeemer
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Monumento aos Pracinhas

This stunning monument in the heart of the city is dedicated to the Brazilian soldiers who lost their life during WWII. The Monumento aos Pracinhas comprises two imposing columns, standing either side of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The changing of the guard ceremony takes place on the first Sunday of every month, and behind the monument you will find a museum which is home to medals, uniforms and paraphernalia that once belonged to Brazilian soldiers.

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Monumento aos Pracinhas
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Catedral Metropolitana (Metropolitan Cathedral)

When compared with other landmarks in the city of Rio de Janeiro, the Metropolitan Cathedral is something of a new addition. It was inaugurated in 1976 after 12 years of construction and consists of an enormous cone, complete with four beautiful stained-glass windows. The cathedral interior is spacious, with enough room to fit over 20,000 people inside, and is home to many paintings, sculptures and murals which were completed by local artists. You will also find a number of historical artifacts dating back literally hundreds of years.

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Catedral Metropolitana (Metropolitan Cathedral)
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Estadio do Maracana (Maracana Stadium)

Till recently the Maracan Football Stadium was the largest football stadium in the world. It can accommodate 200,000 spectators; it was inaugurated during the FIFA World Cup in 1950. Owned by the Rio de Janeiro State Government, major football clubs like Flamengo, Fluminense, Botafogo and Vasco da Gama play their matches here.

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Estadio do Maracana (Maracana Stadium)
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Theatro Municipal

The Municipal Theatre is a prominent landmark in the city. It is an intricately designed structure which has been modelled on the Opera in Paris. It was first opened in the early 1900's and is still as popular today as it was then. It seats over 2,300 people and is well worth a trip. There are regular performances held here throughout the year.

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Theatro Municipal
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Sugar Loaf cable car

The Sugar Loaf Cable Car is one of oldest cable cars in world and the first one in Brazil. Launched in 1912, it was Augusto Ferreira a Brazilian engineer who thought of the idea. Millions of tourists have travelled through the cable car which includes some famous names like Roberto Carlos, Brooke Shields and Ronaldinho. The car travels through three stations: Praia Vermelha, Morro da Urca and Po de Aucar which is interconnected together by four cable cars.

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Sugar Loaf cable car
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Pao De Acucar

Situated in the area of Urca, the Po de Acar (sugarloaf) is a spectacular mountain view point of Rio at its best. The view is best appreciated on a clear day.

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Pao De Acucar
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Ipanema beach

Ipanema beach is the place which is jam packed with tourists when the summer season starts in Rio. All over the beach you will see people sun bathing, playing beach volley ball or swimming. Beach events are very famous at Ipanema as tourists and locals come together to play games like beach soccer, beach volleyball, foot volleyball, etc. If you are good at surfing, body boarding, skim boarding, then Ipanema beach is an ideal place to be.

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Ipanema beach
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Tijuca Forest / Tijuca National Park

The Tijuca Forest is the largest urban forest in the world that is home to hundreds of species of animals and living beings from all around the Atlantic Forest. The forest is one of its kinds because it has been replanted by man in the early 1900's after years of deforestation for coffee plantations. Covering a space of around 3,200 hectares, it was the initiative of Major Gomes Archer where the replanting of seedlings native to Atlantic ecosystem were made.

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Tijuca Forest / Tijuca National Park
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Botanical Gardens / Jardim Botanico

The Jardim Botanica is the place where man and nature reside in perfect harmony. This garden is a prefect tourist spot for all ages. A learning ground for children, adults can stroll around the gardens to view some of the amazing and rarest species of plants from Brazil and other countries. There are 8200 species of plants planted here which are categorized according to their species. Various wild animals, birds and other beings also stay comfortably here.

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Botanical Gardens / Jardim Botanico
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Ilha Fiscal

Fiscal Island, part of the Guanabara Bay, is a small isle which holds a small green castle which was once an important venue for the Brazilian empire. The castle on the Fiscal Island is said to have hosted the last Imperial ball in 1889. Its architecture has been designed by Adolfo del Vecchio and his creativity can be seen in the form of carved stone work, exceptional mosaic work and ten different types of hard wood used for mosaics.

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Ilha Fiscal
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