Monday, 9 October 2017

Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea

I'm sure that my wife would love to go to Rio. She loves the sun, the sea, the beaches and caipirinha. I prefer the shadows. Maybe Rio de Janeiro would please us both: I could go to the mountain, she could go to the sea and we would always meet somewhere in the middle :)

Christ The Redeemer and Guanabara Bay
This postcard was sent by Fernando

The site consists of an exceptional urban setting encompassing the key natural elements that have shaped and inspired the development of the city: from the highest points of the Tijuca National Park’s mountains down to the sea. They also include the Botanical Gardens, established in 1808, Corcovado Mountain with its celebrated statue of Christ, and the hills around Guanabara Bay, including the extensive designed landscapes along Copacabana Bay which have contributed to the outdoor living culture of this spectacular city. - in:

Christ the Redeemer
This postcard was sent by Adam

Christ the Redeemer (PortugueseCristo Redentor) is an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de JaneiroBrazil, created by French sculptor Paul Landowski and built by the Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, in collaboration with the French engineer Albert Caquot. The face was created by the Romanian artist Gheorghe Leonida. The statue is 30 metres (98 ft) tall, not including its 8-metre (26 ft) pedestal, and its arms stretch 28 metres (92 ft) wide.

Christ the Redeemer
This postcard was sent by Luzia

The statue weighs 635 metric tons (625 long, 700 short tons), and is located at the peak of the 700-metre (2,300 ft) Corcovadomountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro. A symbol of Christianity across the world, the statue has also become a cultural icon of both Rio de Janeiro and Brazil, and is listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone. - in: wikipedia

Christ The Redeemer and Guanabara Bay
This postcard was sent by Nathan

Guanabara Bay (PortugueseBaía de Guanabara) is an oceanic bay located in Southeast Brazil in the state ofRio de Janeiro. On its western shore lies the city of Rio de Janeiro and Duque de Caxias, and on its eastern shore the cities of Niterói and São Gonçalo. Four other municipalities surround the bay's shores. - in: wikipedia

Cable cars from Sugarloaf Mountain
This postcard was given to me by my cousin Andreia

The Sugarloaf Cable CarPortugueseBondinho do Pão de Açúcar) is a cableway in Rio de JaneiroBrazil. Moving between Praia Vermelha and the Sugarloaf Mountain, it stops at Morro da Urca (at 722 feet (220 m)) on its way up and down, and reaches the summit of the 1,299-foot (396 m) mountain. - in: wikipedia

Guanabara Bay and Sugarloaf Montain
This postcard was sent by Luzia

Sugarloaf Mountain (PortuguesePão de Açúcar) is a peak situated in Rio de JaneiroBrazil, at the mouth of Guanabara Bayon a peninsula that sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean. Rising 396 meters (1,299 ft) above the harbor, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined loaf sugar. It is known worldwide for its cableway and panoramic views of the city. - in wikipedia

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