When vacationing in Rio de Janeiro, you do not have to be cooped up in your Rio de Janeiro apartment rental. In Rio de Janeiro, there are numerous famous landmarks that you can explore.
1. Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer is the most famous landmark in Rio de Janeiro and the entire country. Almost anyone can identify this landmark with the city. Situated on top of the Corcovado Mountain, this 125 feet high, massive statue is a statue of Christ with His arms wide open while facing the city. It is also considered to be the largest Art Deco statue in the world. Weighing over 600 tons and measuring over 110 feet; it is also one of the tallest statues in the world.
2. Monumento Aos Pracinhas
Another popular landmark in Rio de Janeiro is the Monumento Aos Pracinhas, which is a monument built to honor the soldiers who lost their lives during the World War II. This monument is located in the heart of the city where anyone can easily spot it. The Monumento aos Pracinhas is composed of 2 columns that stand on either side of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. You should not miss the changing of the guard ceremony which takes place every first Sunday of the month. Behind the Monumento aos Pracinhas is a museum that displays memorabilia, medals, old uniforms, and other artifacts belonging to Brazilian soldiers. The monument is free to view and open daily.
3. Maracana Stadium
Another famous and important landmark in Rio de Janeiro (and probably in Brazil), is the Estadio do Maracana, which is one of the world's largest football fields. This huge stadium was built in 1950 when Brazil became the host to the FIFA World Cup. The Maracana Stadium can seat over 82,200 spectators. Aside from football, the stadium is also used for other events like shows, other sporting events and functions. The field inside the Maracana Stadium measures 110 by 75 meters. This open-air stadium is managed and owned by the Rio de Janeiro State Government.
4. Metropolitan Cathedral
While staying at a Rio de Janeiro vacation home take time to go to the Metropolitan Cathedral. The Metropolitan Cathedral was inaugurated in 1976 and is a great example of the vast architecture in Brazil. It is located on Avenida Republica de Chile. The cathedral features 4 stained glass windows and is an enormous structure shaped like a cone. The floor-to-ceiling stained glass windows stand 210 feet tall. This cathedral has a 315 feet interior diameter and stands 246 feet. This huge cathedral can contain about 20,000 people.
5. Sugarloaf Mountain
Sugarloaf Mountain is a natural landmark in Rio de Janeiro. It is located at the mouth of Guanabara Bay. It stands 1,299 feet above the city's harbor and is said to resemble the refined loaf sugar. Pao de Acucar is just one of the many monolithic morros of quartz and granite. To reach the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain you need to take 2 cable cars: one to the shorter Morro de Acucar, and then the next to Pao de Acucar.
By just stepping out of your vacation home, you can find several famous landmarks in the city. You can check out the listing at Vamoose.com to find a rental home in Rio de Janeiro.