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These 17 Photos Show You the Best Time of Day to See Christ the Redeemer

Picture of Sarah Brown
Updated: 2 September 2017
The Christ the Redeemer is Rio’s most iconic landmark, putting Brazil on the map as home to one of the world’s Seven New Wonders. Standing on top of one of the highest peaks in the city means the Christ statue is highly visible from sites far and wide. There is no one best time to see the statue; it can be appreciated 24-hours a day as these photos show.

As the sun rises and the day is just beginning you’ll find one of the best moments to take in not only Christ the Redeemer but the surrounding view too. If you can get up high – helicopter rides are available – then even better.

Seeing the Christ the Redeemer by day is breathtaking but checking out the statue as a silhouette against the sky at sunset is sensational too.

Sunset in Rio

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Even on a cloudy day, the visuals are stunning. The clouds give the scene a dramatic edge.

A winter’s afternoon is a good time to view the Christ the Redeemer as there is little haze from the sun and the visibility is crystal clear.

If you only have one opportunity of seeing the Christ the Redeemer, go to Morro da Urca on a sunny day and look over the bay. The Christ statue is on the other side perched up high on Corcovado overlooking the city below.

Go to Jardim Botânico to see the Christ the Redeemer on a clear afternoon through the local palm trees.

To see Christ the Redeemer at sunrise, go to Pedra Bonita early and watch the sun come up. The Christ statue against the pastel-coloured sky is striking.

Conversely, seeing the Christ the Redeemer against a sunset is equally unforgettable.

Although the views on a crisp, sunny day are stunning, seeing the Christ on a hazy summer’s day certainly has its own appeal.

Try viewing the Christ the Redeemer on a cloudy day for a dramatic, moody landscape.

Seeing the Christ the Redeemer up close at sunset sets a divine scene.

Seeing the Christ the Redeemer on a clear afternoon is one of the best ways of viewing the statue. But capturing it with a full moon behind it is even better.

The surrounding views may be concealed, but even on a cloudy day, the Christ the Redeemer is visible.

– Dia 162 – Topo do mundo Day 162 – Top of the world

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It’s not just during the day that the Christ the Redeemer is spectacular; it holds its own at night time too.

– Dia 175 – Noite de quinta Day 175 – Thursday night

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Go to Botafogo beach to see the Christ from afar framed against a beautiful sky.

– Dia 143 – O que você vê no céu? Day 143 – What do you see in the sky?

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Botafogo is also great to see the Christ statue just as the sun is setting.

– Dia 173 – Até amanhã, Sol Day 173 – See you tomorrow, Sun

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Wait for the sun to break through the clouds on a stormy day to see the Christ like this.

– Dia 147 – V de…? Day 147 – V for…?

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