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  • Rio is home to 6.3 million and is Brazil's second largest city and top tourist attraction. width:480;;height:480
  • Here's an aerial photograph of central Rio and Sugarloaf mountain (© Dkoukoul, CC-BY-SA 3.0). width:640;;height:480
  • The 1,300 foot tall Sugerloaf Mountain (Pao de Acuar). width:640;;height:480
  • Rising from the mouth of Rio's Guanabara Bay, Sugarloaf Mountain was featured in the 1979 Bond film Moonraker. width:348;;height:480
  • The summit is reached by  glass-walled cablecar or (for serious hikers) on foot. width:640;;height:475
  • Sugarloaf at dusk. width:640;;height:480
  • A panorama of Copacabana beach in the foreground and Sugarloaf mountain behind.  width:640;;height:241
  • Christ the Redeemer is a statue of Jesus visible from Central Rio and found at the top of the Corcovado mountain (2,329 feet). width:398;;height:480
  • Christ the Redeemer (Christo Redentor) at night (© André Luiz Gouvêa Habib, CC BY-SA 3.0). width:640;;height:443
  • The statue is 130 feet tall and weighs over 600 tons. width:640;;height:480
  • Tourists taking in the spectacular views from Corcovado. width:640;;height:480
  • The Rio Carnival is a four day festival held 40 days before Easter.    The main feature is the Samba Parade of floats prepared by Rio's Samba Schools. width:640;;height:425
  • A colourful performer at the 2012 Rio Carnival (© Leandro Neumann Ciuffo, CC BY 2.0).  width:640;;height:430
  • The Sambadrome, where the Rio Carnival reaches its climax. width:640;;height:396
  • Another vibrant float at the Rio Carnival (© Sergio Luiz, CC BA A 2.0).  width:640;;height:480
  • There are 12 main Samba Schools, who each enter a Samba band and up to 5000 samba dancers. width:640;;height:430
  • The 4 kilometre long Copacabana beach is the most famous in the world.  It attracts sun worshippers, volleyball and soccer competitions, rock concerts and New Year's Eve celebrations.  width:640;;height:480
  • Golden sands at Copacabana (© Leandro Neumann Ciuffo, CC BY 2.0).  width:640;;height:480
  • A swimmer at Copacabana Beach (© Laszlo Ilyes, CC BY 2.0).  But beware: the water quality is variable.  width:640;;height:427
  • The mosaiced sidewalk adjoining Copacabana. width:366;;height:480
  • Copacabana from Sugarloaf Mountain (© IK's World Trip, CC BY 2.0).  width:640;;height:428
  • New Year celebrations at Copacabana (© Leandro Neumann Ciuffo, CC BY 2.0). width:640;;height:412
  • The Maracana Stadium hosted the 1950 Football World Cup final and will play a pivotal part in the 2014 tournament and the 2016 Olympic Games (scheduled to host the opening and closing ceremonies).    width:640;;height:480
  • The Maracana Stadium from the air (© Arthur Boppre, CC BY 2.0).  width:640;;height:471
  • England take on Brazil at the Maracana in 2013 (© Mark Hillary, CC BY 2.0). width:640;;height:360
  • A domestic club competition at the Maracana. width:640;;height:445
  • A statue celebrating Brazil's world cup triumphs at the Maracana.  width:387;;height:480
  • A cast of Pele's feet at the Maracana stadium.  width:416;;height:480
  • Ipanema, voted the world's sexiest beach (© Chensiyuan, CC BY-SA 3.0).  width:640;;height:397
  • Ipanema beach gets packed on weekends and holidays (© Joonas, CC BY-SA 3.0).  width:562;;height:380
  • Rio is full of fantastic beaches, such as at Leblon.  width:640;;height:480
  • Praca XV is Rio's old town, full of statues and historical treasures such as the Imperial Palace.  width:640;;height:435
  • A statue of Candid in Praca XV (© Rzpguimaraes, CC BY-SA 3.0).  width:354;;height:480
  • The Imperial Palace, built in Baroque style in the 1700s for Brazil's colonial  governors. width:640;;height:436
  • Once Brazil declared its independence in 1822, the Imperial Palace housed Brazil's Emperors.  width:360;;height:480
  • Another historic building in Praca XV (© Halley Pacheco de Oliveira, CC BY-SA 3.0).  width:640;;height:427
  • An avenue of palm trees in Rio's Botanical Gardens, founded in 1822 and holding over 6,500 plant species in over 50 hectares.  width:360;;height:480
  • The Botanical Gardens' main fountain (© Rigues, CC-BY-2.5).  width:360;;height:480
  • Giant water lillies at the Jardim Botanico (© Zinneke, CC ASA 3.0 Unported).  width:640;;height:480
  • The gardens are full of colourful plants, such as this orchid.  width:640;;height:480
  • The Botanic Gardens' visitor centre.  width:640;;height:480
  • Petropolis, at an altitude of about 800 metres, was the summer seat of Brazil's government between 1843 and 1889.  This is Petropolis' Palacio Rio Negro, built by a coffee baron and later used as a holiday home for Brazil's presidents (© Halley Pacheco de Oliveira, CC ASA 3.0 Unported).  width:640;;height:426
  • The Quitandinha Palacio is Petropolis' most exlusive hotel (© Daniel Sant'Anna Lisboa, CC-ASA-3.0). width:640;;height:480
  • Petropolis' striking church.  width:356;;height:480
  • Petropolis' Crystal Palace, originally intended to be used as a greenhouse but which later hosted extravagent balls given by Princess Isabel (© Roberto Tietzmann, CC-ASA-2.5 Generic).  width:640;;height:480
  • The Imperial Museum in Petropolis. Its prized possession is the Imperial Crown of Dom Pedro II, weighing 1.7 kilograms and containing over 600 diamonds (© Halley Pacheco de Oliveira, CC-ASA-3.0).  width:640;;height:360
  • Rio's opulent Municipal Theatre is the city's main venue for ballet, opera and classical music performances.  width:640;;height:450
  • The magnificent interior of the Teatro Municipal (© Roberto Tietzmann, CC-ASA-2.5).  width:640;;height:480
  • Established in 1937, the Fine Arts Museum holds 20,000 works and is now housed in a building modelled on Paris' Louvre. width:564;;height:480
  • Guardi's Venice is one of the Fine Arts Museum's most famous works.  width:640;;height:474
  • Rio's Fine Arts Museum also displays Boeckhorst's Pegasus.   width:640;;height:478
  • Rio's Modern Arts Museum is housed in this striking Alfonso Eduardo Reidy designed building in Flamengo Park.  width:640;;height:426
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