The most famous architectural landmark of them all, Christ the Redeemer has become an icon that represents both Brazil and Christianity. Perched on top of the 2,330-foot (720-meter) Corcovado in the South Zone of the city, it stands as the world’s largest Art Deco statue and was declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. It was designed by French sculptor Paul Landowski and built by Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa.
This aging abbey was completed in 1671 and showcases colonial architecture from Brazil in that era. The somewhat bland exterior of grey walls and two humble towers is a stark contrast to the magnificent interior, adorned with statues, detailed carvings and divine ornaments.