10 Facts About Rio de Janeiro That You Probably Don’t Know

You know Rio – the city of samba and carnival, with wonderful people and beautiful beaches. But how much do you know about Brazil’s most populous city (after the financial center São Paulo)? You can read the 10 facts about Rio de Janeiro from below.

  • 1. Most Of The Samba Schools Of Rio Are In The Favelas
 There are over 1000 squatter neighborhoods in Rio, in other words favela, and almost a quarter of Cariocas (local people) live here. The modest inhabitants of Rio live in these favelas, the most cost-effective housing solution since the end of the 19th century. The musical style we know as samba was created by the African slaves and their descendants in the favelas.
 Nowadays, many of the city’s famous samba schools, competing at the world-famous parade during each carnival, are either in the favelas or very close to the favelas. These include the samba schools such as MangueiraSalgueiro and Unidos da Tijuca.
  • 2. The Christ The Redeemer Was Chosen As One Of The New Seven Wonders Of The World
 The statue of Jesus, which was opened in 1931 to celebrate the centenary of Rio, is 30 meters high (with the exception of its base of 8 meters) and is the largest Art Deco statue in the world. The sculpture was financed by Brazilians, designed by a Frenchman and built from Swedish stones. The result was really divine: Despite the lightning strike several times a year, it is still standing strong and watching the people of the Marvelous City with compassion.
  • 3.The Most Blue Sky In The World Is In Rio De Janeiro
 A cloudless sky, lukewarm sands and a cold drink … Isn’t that what everyone’s looking for in a holiday? In addition to all this, you will find the most blue sky in the whole world. Although this statement may seem a little bold, it is based on a 2006 research by a TV researcher who travels the world to find the world’s most blue sky.
  • 4.There Are Over One Hundred Islands In Guanabara Bay
 There are 15 cities around this giant gulf, and the surface of 412 square kilometers is the second largest gulf of the country with 53 beaches and over one hundred islands.
  • 5.Rio Has The Eighth Largest Library In The World
 In November 1807 the Portuguese Royal Family had to make a difficult decision: to come to Rio de Janeiro to escape the threat posed by Napoleon and his army. The departure was well organized and 15,000 people, including their family members and employees, traveled to Brazil with 14 ships. They brought with them one of Portugal’s most important treasures: the Royal Library and its 60,000 works.
 As a matter of fact, Prince VI. One of João’s first acts was to establish the National Library, which would later become the eighth largest library in the world with 15 million works.
  • 6. Rio Has The Largest City Forest In The World
 Rio is a big city where 6 million people live, but it can feel like a small town when you find yourself in the middle of a forest under the water of a waterfall. The reason is that the largest city forest in the world, Floresta da Tijuca, is located in Rio.
  • 7. Carioca Actually Means White Man’s House 
 Carioca is the name given to the local people of Rio. The origin of the word is based on the Tupi-Guarani language used by an indigenous people who lived in this sanctified land long before the existence of this place by the Europeans.
  • 8. Rio Was Once The Only European Capital Outside Europe
 The times of desperation require methods of helplessness and one of the best knowers of this is VI. João is. In 1807, Napoleon’s armies approached the country in order to occupy a small coastal country, Portugal, under French rule. Naturally, VI. João prepared his luggage and carried his entire kingdom from 1808 to 1821, when he could safely return to the royal family home. In 1822, Brazil declared its independence.
  • 9. Each Carnival Is Run By King Momo, An Imaginary King In The City
 King Momo is a playful fictional character whose origins date back to Ancient Greece. It symbolizes the exuberance of party enthusiasm and freedom over logic and is played by a fat and happy man who doesn’t worry about wearing a funny crown and a cape. This official tradition of Rio has been going on since 1933, and it is taken seriously by everyone as the symbolic moment is followed by hundreds of journalists every year.
  • 10. World’s Biggest Football Match Played Here
 Although the Brazilians could not remember the day with much love, it was a day of 16 June 1950. The final match of the 1950 World Cup was played between Brazil and Uruguay. The stadium was Maracanã which was built especially for that day and it was the largest stadium in the world at that time. A total of 173,850 tickets (and about 20,000 freeloaders) were there to watch Brazil take the World Cup for the first time, as everyone expected. However, Uruguay stole the victory from the hands of Brazil. The silence of thousands of people was so loud that they even gave it a name: Maracanazo.

  Extra Informations For People Thinking About Going To Rio

 A city with tropical rainforests, stunning mountain ranges, and world famous beaches, Rio de Janeiro may have one of the most unique landscapes in the world. To experience the most excitement in Rio, however, travelers should visit in March for the city’s iconic Carnival, this year from March 1-9. Carnival is celebrated in many different countries throughout the world, but Rio de Janeiro puts on arguably the biggest and best party, with 2 million people from across the globe parading the city’s streets. The city thrives with the energy of street parties, parades, and traditional samba dancers, dressed in their extravagant, exquisitely detailed costumes. Visitors looking for the perfect place to relax after celebrating all day can stay at Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana, located on the shores of the city’s famous Copacabana Beach.

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