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  • 1 Rio Centro Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Praça Pio X BR - Rio de Janeiro

    Centro, the oldest neighbourhood in Rio, is where the vestiges of the city's past are concentrated. Whether it be the imperial palace and the Baroque churches of Praça XV or the theatre and museums of Cinelândia, there is no shortage of culture. The ..

  • 2 Mosteiro de São Bento Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    R. Dom-Gerardo 40 BR - Rio-de-Janeiro

    Behind the elegant and restrained façade of this church, which was built on top of a hill, there is an astonishing Baroque interior. It is truly magnificent, boasting walls which are entirely covered with gilded wood ornamentation, marble flooring an..

  • 3 Praça XV de Novembro Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Praça XV de Novembro BR - Rio de Janeiro

    Thanks to recent attempts to modernise the area, and the arrival of bars, restaurants and museums, the Praça XV, located in the heart of Centro, has become something of a draw for Cariocas. The trees growing there imbue it with a unique atmosphere. A..

  • 4 Paço Imperial Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Praça XV-de-Novembro 48 BR - Rio-de-Janeiro

    The Imperial Palace stands at the heart of the Praça XV. Now one of the city's foremost cultural centres, it holds temporary exhibitions of painting and sculpture and has its own cinema. Built in the 18C, this palace with colonial architecture is ful..

  • 5 Museu Histórico Nacional of Rio Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Praça Marechal-Âncora BR - Rio de Janeiro

    Located close to the Praça Âncora, the National History Museum boasts impressive collections which will be of inestimable value to anyone interested in Brazil's history: paintings, imperial carriages, Pedro II's throne, and even the goose feather Isa..

  • 6 Convento and Igreja de Santo Antônio Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Largo da Carioca BR - Rio de Janeiro

    The Santo Antônio Monastery, located on an esplanade overlooking the Largo da Carioca, attracts admiring stares from all sides. But it is the inside of the complex that is really worth seeing. Have a look inside the church, which is one of the most r..

  • 7 Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco da Penitência Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Largo da Carioca 5 BR - Rio-de-Janeiro 20050 020

    At the entrance to this church is a small museum housing the statues of saints that are borne through the streets in the Ash Wednesday procession, of which the most remarkable is a St Louis dressed up as Louis XIII! The church's exuberant gilded wood..

  • 8 Theatro Municipal de Rio Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Praça Mar.-Floriano BR - Rio-de-Janeiro

    It's no coincidence if the Theatro Municipal reminds you of Paris' Opera Garnier. The architects took inspiration from the French opera house and had all the materials needed for its construction imported from Europe in 1905. The opening was even hel..

  • 9 Igreja de N. S. da Glória do Outeiro Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Praça de N.-S.-da-Glória 135 BR - Rio-de-Janeiro 22211 110

    This church, a beautiful little example of colonial architecture, stands in the heart of the Glória district, which was highly coveted in the 19C when Rio was the federal capital. The Igreja de N. S. da Glória do Outeiro (1739) was one of the first c..

  • 10 Corcovado Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BR - Rio de Janeiro

    The Corvocado, a 710m-high granite peak situated in the Parque Nacional da Tijuca, is a site not to be missed. The best way to get there is to take the rack railway (departing from Rua Cosme Velha), which passes through the world's largest urban fore..

  • 11 Cristo Redentor Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Cosme Velho Street 513 BR - Rio-de-Janeiro

    The statue of Christ the Redeemer, which looks out over Rio from atop Corcovado, has become the universal emblem of the city. Designed by Heitor da Silva Costa and Paul Landowski in 1922 in response to a competition set to mark Brazil's centenary (19..

  • 12 Pão de Açúcar Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Av. Pasteur - Urca 520 BR - Rio-de-Janeiro 22290-240

    Sugarloaf Mountain, the rocky peak named after the shape of its outline, but also after the approximate translation of the name given to it by the Indians (Pau-nd-Acuqua, "pointed and isolated promontory"), affords an uninterrupted view ove..

  • 13 Copacabana Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Praça Coronel Eugenio Franco BR - Rio de Janeiro

    Play beach volleyball or football, drink a coco gelado (fresh coconut juice) or build a sandcastle - there is no end of activities on Copacabana beach! You will need to keep an eye out for pickpockets, however. The district is as lively as ever and h..

  • 14 Jardim Botânico of Rio Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    R. Jardim-Botânico 1008 BR - Rio-de-Janeiro

    The Jardim Bôtanico is home to countless tropical species: royal palms, giant bamboos, medicinal plants, the famous Pau-Brasil etc. If you look closely, you will notice toucans flying from tree to tree. It's a very pleasant place for a stroll, far aw..

  • 15 Sitio Roberto Burle Marx Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Estrada Roberto-Burle-Marx - Antiga Estrada da Barra-de-Guaratiba 2019 BR - Rio de Janeiro 23020 240

    The achievements of the great landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx include the Parque do Flamengo, the grounds of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brasília, and the famous pavement designs in Copacabana. His property comprises his house, an immen..

  • 16 Parque Nacional da Tijuca Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Estrada da Cascatinha - Alto da Boa-Vista 850 BR - Rio-de-Janeiro 20531 590

    Rocky peaks, waterfalls, wild animals and tropical species await you at the Parque Nacional da Tijuca, the world's largest urban forest (32km2), located in the heart of Rio. Make sure you see the Pico da Tijuca (1 012m), Capela Mayrink, Vista Chinesa..

  • 17 Igreja N. S. do Carmo da Antiga Sé Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    R. Sete-de-Setembro 14 BR - Rio-de-Janeiro

    The bell tower of this church, built in 1761 then reconstructed in 1905, stands on the western side of the square, on the spot where the Carmelite chapel (1590-1754) once stood. João VI, who resided in the Paço Imperial close by, decided to make it h..

  • 18 Real Gabinete Português de Leitura Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R. Luís-de-Camões 30 BR - Rio-de-Janeiro 20051 020

    The Real Gabinete Português de Leitura was established in 1837 upon the initiative of a group of 43 Portuguese emigrants. The elegant façade of this wonderful neo-Gothic building is certainly striking, as is its high-ceilinged room lined with rows of..

  • 19 Rio Museu Nacional de Belas Artes Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Av. Rio-Branco 199 BR - Rio-de-Janeiro

    The National Museum of Fine Art has 16 000 works, making it one of the largest collections in the country. Here you can contemplate works by Brazil's great 19C masters (for instance, Victor Mereilles, Rodolfo Amoedo, Pedro Américo), as well as Italia..

  • 20 Rio Museu de Arte Moderna Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Av. Infante-Dom-Henrique - Parque do Flamengo 85 BR - Rio-de-Janeiro 20021 140

    At Rio's Museum of Modern Art you will find works by Picasso, Brancusi and Rodin alongside pieces by Jorge Barrão, Florian Reiss, Ernesto Neto and Felipe Barbosa. The collection is so impressive you could easily forget the tragic fire that beset the ..

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