7. Rio de Janeiro served As the Capital of Portuguese Empire for about seven years
Rio is not the capital of Brazil, Brasilia is. Yes, you know it right. But Rio used to be Brazil’s capital from 1763 to 1960. Rio in fact served as the center of the exiled Portugal Royal court from 1808 to 1822. It was in fact 1815 when Dom João declared Rio as the capital of the Portuguese empire. And Rio served the role until 1822.
8. Rio’s Christ the Redeemer Statue Is Struck by Lightning quite a few Times a Year
Brazil’s location close to the equator makes it highly prone to lightning and Rio’s most famous 98-foot Christ the Redeemer Statue is the most common spot for lightning in Rio. Every year, it gets 2 to 4 hits.
9. Rio hosted the biggest soccer game in history
The final of 1950 football world cup in the Maracanã stadium is the biggest soccer match in history as the stadium was packed with over 16, 1950, 173,850 paid spectators. The match took place on July 16.
10. Street Art is completely legal in Rio!
11. Rio’s popular Samba music actually has roots in Africa
Samba music started in the neighborhoods of Rio but it has its roots in Africa.
12. A Cool Place for Biking
13. Rio hosted the largest concert in history as well.
In 1994, Rod Stewart performed in front of an estimated 3.5 million spectators on the Copacabana beach. This is believed to be the largest concert in the world so far.
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