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  • 1 Rio Centro Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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

    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

    Thanks to recent modernisation works, the "Praça XV" square, located in the heart of Centro, has become a meeting point for Cariocas, with bars, restaurants and museums. The trees growing there imbue it with a distinct and unique atmosphere..

  • 4 Paço Imperial Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Praça XV-de-Novembro 48

    The Imperial Palace stands at the heart of the Praça XV de Novembro. 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 archite..

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

    Museums and art

    Praça Mar.-Âncora

    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

    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

    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

    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 N. S. da Glória do Outeiro Church Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Praça de N.-S.-da-Glória 135

    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 Cristo Redentor Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    R. Cosme Velho 513

    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..

  • 11 Copacabana Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Praça Coronel Eugenio Franco

    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..

  • 12 Jardim Botânico of Rio Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    R. Jardim-Botânico 920

    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..

  • 13 Sitio Roberto Burle Marx Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Estrada Roberto-Burle-Marx - Antiga Estrada da Barra-de-Guaratiba 2019

    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..

  • 14 Parque Nacional da Tijuca Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Estrada da Cascatinha 850

    Rocky peaks and waterfalls await you at the Parque Nacional da Tijuca, the world's largest urban forest (32km2), located in the heart of Rio. The Pico da Tijuca (1 012m) and Pedra da Gávea are among the loveliest walks, and the Vista Chinesa and Mesa..

  • 15 Corcovado Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • 16 Pão de Açúcar Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Av. Pasteur - Urca 520

    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..

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

    Religious buildings

    R. 7-de-Setembro 14

    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

    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

    The National Museum of Fine Art has 18 000 pieces, making it the largest collection in the country. You can see works by Brazil's great masters from the 19C (for instance, Victor Mereilles, Pedro Américo), 20C (Maria Leontina, Iberê Camargo), as well..

  • 20 Rio Museu de Arte Moderna Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Av. Infante-Dom-Henrique - Parque do Flamengo 85

    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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