Rio de Janeiro is the home of samba, Christ The Redeemer, and the bluest sky in the world. The sky was surveyed by a television researcher who travelled around the world, to 20 different destinations, including New Zealand, in search of the “bluest” sky. Anya Hohnbaum used a spectrometer from the British National Physical Laboratory to confirm her results.
Rio de Janeiro is also watched over by the statue of Christ the Redeemer, a 98 feet tall art deco statue, which was named one of the world’s new seven wonders, along with structures like the Roman Colosseum and the Taj Mahal. The statue inaugurated in 1931 to mark the 100th anniversary of Rio. It is a beautiful landmark which has remained standing, despite being struck by lightning several times a year. Its construction also defies nature – its 92-feet-wide arms had to be built over the precipices of Corcovado Mountain without room for scaffolding.