Brazil is the largest country in South America - explore some amazing places.
Christ the Redeemer (or Cristo Redentor, as it is called in Portugese) is an imposing statue of the Christ, standing tall at the Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Recently tagged as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, this statue is truly an impressive example of a magnificent manmade architecture found anywhere in the world. It was said that the construction of this colossal statue started in 1922 and spanned a period of nine years before it was completed in 1931.
The iconic statue which depicts the Christ having his arms wide open stands as a unique symbol of Christianity itself. The Christ’s open arms show that he embraces everyone who comes to see him with love. The statue has undergone several renovations in the past, but the structure has always remained the same.
Jardim Botanico located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was established by Prince Regent Dom João VI in 1808. It opened its doors to public view only in 1822, a few years before Dom’s death. It is said that the garden was originally created to cultivate high quality spices imported from the West Indies. Later, plants and tress from all over the world were brought in for cultivation mainly due to the massive size of the garden.
A unique and rare species of palm tree called the "Imperial Palm" or the “Royal Palm” was planted and named by Dom João himself. This tree deserves credit for the existence of most palm trees in the country, as they were grown from the fruits of this very tree. The Royal Palm lived for 140 years before being struck and destroyed by lighting in 1972.
Expect to see a few statues including that of the Greek sea goddess Thetis, Louis Savageau and many more, and quite a few fountains including the "Fountain of the Muses" placed throughout the garden. The Jardim Botanico, spreading half a square mile, is surrounded by tall iron fencing, stone walls, and gates.
You would be amazed to know that the Jardim Botanico is a mini world of botanical garden unto itself. Here are some fascinating sections within the garden really worth visiting: