It has been venerated in a Barry Manilow song, now Brazil's world-famous Copacabana beach is set to host over a million worshippers this week to greet the arrival of the new Pope.
Pope Francis returns to his home continent this week on his first foreign trip since being chosen in March.
He is due to arrive in Latin America on Tuesday (July 23) to meet legions of young Roman Catholics converging on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach for the church's World Youth Day, which actually runs until Sunday (July 28).
Pilgrims from around the globe are taking city breaks to football-mad Rio to meet the first Pope from Latin America.
Over a million people are due to celebrate Mass with Francis on one of the country's biggest favourites among sun-loving holidaymakers on group tours: the white sands of Copacabana beach.
Copacabana is situated in the city's southern zone and is famous for its 4-kilometre (2.48 miles) balneario - or Latin American seaside resort town - beach, which is one of the world's best loved.
The area was first called Sacopenapã until the mid-18th century when it was renamed after the building of a chapel hosting a replica of the Virgen de Copacabana, the patron saint of Bolivia.
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