It’s perhaps the most iconic site in Rio de Janeiro: the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado. While not exactly as grand in spectacle, check out one of San Francisco’s own mountaintop tributes at the apex of 570-foot Mount Olympus
in Ashbury Heights. A landmark of what was once considered the geographic city center, the Triumph of Light statue (gifted by millionaire entrepreneur and developer Adolph Sutro, and rumored to have inspired the Statue of Liberty) was dismantled in the 1950s, but the still-impressive stone pedestal remains today. The quietly nestled parkette is now core to a neighborhood of townhouses, surrounded by benches quietly nestled between a trio of far more recognizable hills—Tank, Buena Vista, Corona Heights—(you can also glimpse Sutro Tower and Twin Peaks). A few stone steps lead up to the statue relic.
BONUS: Take an urban hike to the tip of Olympus from nearby Tank Hill, about a half-mile down the road. From Tank Hill, ascend Twin Peaks Boulevard, following Clayton Street up to 17th Street. Turn right on 17th and you’ll meet a stone staircase that leads to Upper Terrace and its Mount Olympus monument.
Mount Olympus is located in Ashbury Heights at the top of Upper Terrace in San Francisco. Dog-friendly!