WATCH: Russians Climb Rio's Towering Christ the Redeemer Statue

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Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer is one of the most awe-inspiring sights in the world. The towering 98-foot-tall statue is perched atop the perilously steep, 2,300-foot Corcovado Mountain. Trekking up the Corcovado by cable car to the foot of the monument is a terrifying enough journey.

Leave it to the Russians to take it to the next level.

Two 22-year-old Russian thrill seekers, Vitaliy Raskalov and Vadim Makharov, were not content with a run-of-the-mill tourist stop. Instead, they snuck to Corcovado’s summit after hours to climb to the top of Christ the Redeemer. They gained access to the interior of the monument using a ladder, where they filmed their journey to the to zenith of one of the world’s seven wonders.

Watch their exhilarating excursion below:



This dangerous duo reportedly made the trek at some point this summer but held off until now to post their expedition to social media. Raskalov even posted some snaps to his mind-blowing Instagram account, where he documents his global adventures with Makharov.

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May we suggest the Statue of Liberty as a follow-up?

Photos by @raskalov on Instagram