Photo: Olympic Flag Comes to Brazil
The Olympic flag on Sunday was brought to the huge Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado Hill, the iconic symbol of Rio de Janeiro, in an ecumenical ceremony attended by municipal and religious authorities and representatives of civil society.
The flag, which this week has traveled through Brasilia and Rio’s Complexo do Alemao “favela” or shantytown, arrived Sunday at the famous white statue of Christ that, with open arms, looks down over the teeming city of Rio, which is scheduled to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.
There, authorities held a religious ceremony that was attended by Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes.
Located in the heart of the Tijuca Nature Park, the 38-meter (125-foot) Christ statue rises above Corcovado Hill, which itself is 710 meters (2,308 feet) high and is considered to be a pilgrimage site as well as a major tourism draw.
The flag, which last Monday arrived in Rio from London, where this year’s Summer Games recently concluded, was presented last Tuesday to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.
The Olympic banner will remain on display at the City Palace, one of the seats of the city government, until the end of this year.
The Rio Games will be the first Olympics held in South America.