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The Christ Statue and Corcovado

By Hakan Almerfors, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Corcovado means humpback in Portuguese, it is the resemblance from a distance that gave the mountain its name. The train to the top was inaugurated in 1884 by the emperor Dom Pedro II. It was then powered by a steam engine, in 1910 it turned electric. The reason for building the train was the spectacular view from the top, it was a success from the start - today it is one of the most visited hilltops in the world.

The actual Christ Statue only came in to place in 1931. The original design . . .

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