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TODAY anchors make 'miraculous' visit to Christ the Redeemer statue

A foggy misadventure turned into a minor miracle in the making when the TODAY anchors visited Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue.

Matt Lauer, Natalie Morales, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker were excited for their trip on Monday to the world's most famous statue of Jesus, but a bank of fog looked like it might leave them unable to see much of it.

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TODAY anchors make 'miraculous' visit to Christ the Redeemer

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The gang took a tram to the top of Corcovado Mountain in Tijuca Forest National Park, where the 125-foot structure is surrounded by a spectacular view of the city.

The soapstone statue, which is owned by the Catholic Church, was sculpted in France and took 10 years to complete, according to Rio de Janeiro's official website.

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After the team walked up 220 steps to the base of the statue, the foggy reality sank in as the iconic sculpture remained mostly shrouded in mist.

The crew made the best of it, taking pictures and waving to the helicopter camera that couldn't actually see them through the fog.

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Where are we? In the soup!

Just when it looked like the trip would be a letdown, the fog dissipated, and Christ the Redeemer welcomed Matt, Al, Natalie and Hoda with open arms and a blue sky.

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Revealed!

"How perfect is that?" Matt said. "Best timing ever!"

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