ENGC83 City of God

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Claudia Hoffmann

“I Went to the City of God” Bianca Freire-Medeiros  “Favela” is the generic name given to highly populated agglomerations, composed of substandard housing  Mobile technologies have allowed favelas to become capable of offering international visitors a most interesting package: controlled risk combined with a deep sense of adventure  In actuality, the real City of God (Cidade de Deus) is regarded by many as „plain ugly‟ o It is spread horizontally on the western fringes of the city, displays no spectacular views of the ocean, and is not blessed by the sight of the famous Christ the Redeemer Statue o They have tried to make Cidade de Deus a tourist attraction, but it is too far away from the main hotels, and does not allow for the contrast of the “haves” and “have-nots” that is striking for the gringo  Instead, Rocinha (a neighbourhood sold in the tourist market as the largest favela in Latin America) attracts an average of 3.5 thousand international visitors per month  Rocinha (the touristic favela) and Cidade de Deus (the cinematic favela) merge in an imaginary geography and become one  Many have made the mistake of thinking Rocinha is the City of God  City of God has had the biggest impact on how the favela is orchestrated, performed, and consumed as a tourist attraction, according to the inhabitants (favelados) 
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