INTERESTING FACTS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT RIO DE JANEIRO
Rio de Janeiro is one of the most beautiful places in the world abundantly blessed with natural attractions. It is mostly known for its carnivals, samba dance, and beautiful beaches. However, there are lots of unknown facts about the second most populous city in Brazil.
Here are some interesting facts about Rio de Janeiro.
RIO IS NAMED AFTER A RIVER THAT DOESN’T EXIT
According to tradition, the spot now called Rio de Janeiro was first visited in January 1502 by Portuguese explorers, who believed the bay they encountered (now called Guanabara Bay) was the mouth of a river. They named the area Rio de Janeiro meaning “River of January”.
SAMBA ORIGINATED FROM AFRICAN SLAVES IN RIO
The most famous dance in Brazil “Samba” is an African dance. During the transatlantic slave trade, approximately 5 million African slaves were brought to Brazil and many worked on plantations in Rio de Janeiro. Samba is derived from “Semba” a traditional African music, originating from the ex-Portuguese colony of Angola, in West Africa.
CHRIST THE REDEEMER IS ONE OF THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD
Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) is one of seven wonders of the world. Standing on Rio de Janeiro’s Corcovado Mountain’s top, constructed from 1922 to 1931 and weighing 635 tonnes, this iconic statue of Jesus Christ is the symbol of the city.
THE CITY IS RUN BY KING MOMO EVERY CARNIVAL
They say most Cariocas live for this moment, when the mayor of Rio gives the key of the city to King Momo, marking the beginning of Carnival.
King Momo is a mythical figure, a joker whose historical origins go back to Ancient Greece. He represents the rule of party and freedom over reason and is normally played by a chubby, happy fellow who is comfortable wearing a silly crown with a cape.
STREET ARTS IS LEGAL
In Rio, the street art is legal. Painters are free to express themselves on the streets and you are sure to find some interesting graphics on most walls.
RIO’S CARNIVAL PARTY IS THE BIGGEST CARNIVAL IN THE WORLD
According to the Guinness Book of Records, in 2004 the city’s most illustrious carnival attracted a record 400,000 foreign visitors, becoming the biggest carnival in the world. Apart from the outside visitors, every year, around 5 million people take over the streets of Rio to participate in the beautiful carnival. A party not to be missed!
Brazil is s a must-visit destination. Its urban landscapes infused with its history makes for a one-of-a-kind city. With our inclusive package to Brazil , you’ll have an incredible holiday with many stories to tell your friends and family.
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