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Corcovado, statue of Christ, overlooking Rio de Janeiro, capital city of Brazil in South America

Corcovado, meaning "hunchback" in Portuguese, 

is a mountain in central  Brazil above Rio de Janeiro.

 Corcovado hill lies just west of the city centre and within the city limits

and is visible from great distances.

It is known worldwide for the 38-meter ( 125ft ) statue of Jesus atop its peak,

known as  'Cristo Redentor' ( "Christ the Redeemer" ).

The peak and statue can be accessed via a narrow road

 or by the 3.8km ( 2.4 mile ) Corcovado Rack Railway.

The railway uses two-car electrically powered trains,

with a passenger capacity of 360 passengers per hour.

The rail trip takes approximately 20 minutes and departs every half hour.

Due to its limited passenger capacity the wait to board

at the entry station can take several hours.
Corcovado,
statue of Christ,
overlooking
Rio de Janeiro

Corcovado, statue of Christ, overlooking Rio de Janeiro, capital city of Brazil in South America
Corcovado,
statue
 of
 Christ

Rio de Janeiro, capital city of Brazil in South America

Rio de Janeiro "River of January" is a major city in south-eastern Brazil 

and the capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro.

The city was once the capital of Brazil ( 1763–1960 ).

Commonly known as just Rio

the city is also nicknamed "A Cidade Maravilhosa" - "The Marvelous City".

It is famous for its spectacular natural setting, its Carnival celebrations, 

samba and other music, and hotel-lined tourist beaches,

such as Copacabana and Ipanema, paved with decorated black and cream swirl pattern mosaics, 

and also for its huge social disparities, shanty towns, violence and drug traffic. 

Some of the most famous local landmarks in addition to the beaches include the giant statue of Jesus, 

known as Christ the Redeemer ( 'Cristo Redentor' ) atop Corcovado mountain, 

which has recently been named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.


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Corcovado, statue of Christ, overlooking Rio de Janeiro, capital city of Brazil in South America

Corcovado, statue of Christ, overlooking Rio de Janeiro

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