RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - One of the main tourist attractions in Brazil has accessibility issues. The escalators and elevators accessing the Christ the Redeemer statue have not been operating for three months. Thus, those wishing to visit the monument need to climb 220 steps, making it inaccessible for those with locomotion difficulties.
The chapel at the base of the statue is currently not only used for praying, but also for visitors to rest.
"It was rough. I almost couldn't handle it," said pensioner Maria de Lourdes Lyra.
The elevators have been out of order since April when a storm . . .