13 Interesting Facts about Rio de Janeiro You May Not Know

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

Lightning flashes over the Christ the Redeemer statue on top of Corcovado Hill in Rio de Janeiro on January 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images

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

Maracanã_Stadium_in_Rio_de_JaneiroThe 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!

lapa-stepsYes, Rio is like an outdoor gallery as in 2014 street art in city property like walls, columns, constructions siding and roads was made legal by law.

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

Ciclismo-04With over 46 miles of beautiful bicycle pathways, mostly alongside its stunning beaches, Rio is one of the best cities for people who love biking. It is often called as a “Bike City” as well.

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.

Hope you enjoyed reading these facts about Rio de Janeiro. Please comment if you know more interesting facts about Rio de Janeiro.

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2 Comments on "13 Interesting Facts about Rio de Janeiro You May Not Know"

  1. VJ - India | 20/12/2016 at | Reply

    i love brazil its is very beautiful place.. visit once in life to live a wonder day and memorable journey

  2. O que tem de bonito também tem de perigoso, a cidade é realmente linda mas é assolada pela violência, governantes corruptos só fazem o problema aumentar :'(

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