Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue a popular tourist destination

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Of all the places in Rio de Janeiro, the Christ the Redeemer statue may be the site most recognizable.

"It's just beautiful," said one tourist from the United States.

Of all the jobs in Rio de Janeiro, it may also have the best office.

"It's wonderful because I have the chance to work and enjoy myself and see all of this and the beach from way up here," said security guard Jorge Murta.

For 10 years, Murta has walked the platform 2,300 feet above the sea, megaphone in hand.

"It is forbidden to climb the banister," he shouts at tourists breaking the rules.

His job is to make sure tourists stay in line. When the world comes to your office, you have to be on top of your game.

"Most of the visitors come from the United States," he said.

On Monday, his platform is full of families, athletes and coaches.

The world is in Rio, and Murta is welcoming them with open arms.

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