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As all ancient monuments, the Sugarloaf also has its legends.
A 200-meter image seen on the side of the Sugarloaf cliff shows the silhouette of an elderly man called the “Guardian of the Stone”.
As the story goes, it is the image of Saint Peter hugging the Sugarloaf rock, a symbol of the Catholic church. On its head, one can see a skullcap worn by bishops, and St. Peter was considered “bishop of the bishops”. The image is also clad in a long cassock traditionally worn by hierarchical priests, and Saint Peter was the first person to Head the Church of Christ.
At 11 o’clock the sunlight forms a tall, 120m shadow on the stone, having the shape of a long-legged bird called “the Ibis of the Sugarloaf”. There is an image in Egyptian mythology that portrays humanity as a lying giant to whose feet an ibis, the sacred bird of Egypt, is chained.
Together with other mountains in the carioca skyline, the Sugarloaf forms the silhouette of a lying giant, with Pedra da Gávea as chin, the Maciço da Tijuca as its trunk and its feet the Sugarloaf. All this led to the possibility that the Egyptians might have visited the region known today as Rio de Janeiro many years before Christ, finding inspiration in the lying giant to conceive their mythological image. If this is true, ancient Egyptians would have been the first tourists to set foot in Rio.

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