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  • 1 Santa Teresa Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R. Joaquim Murtinho BR - Rio de Janeiro

    To get to Santa Teresa, take the Bonde (tram) from Centro. Up here you will find a district brimming with old-fashioned charm; many artists and writers have chosen to live among the abandoned old luxury residences. The district has retained a bohemia..

  • 2 Museu Chácara do Céu Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    R. Martinho-Nobre 93 BR - Rio-de-Janeiro

    Raimundo de Castro Maya (1894-1968) lived in this house that nestles within a luxuriant garden. Art expert, patron and discerning collector, he adopted Brazil as his own and throughout his life here built up a collection of works by the world's great..

  • 3 Rio Museu da República Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R. do Catete 153 BR - Rio-de-Janeiro

    The Palácio do Catete (1857), the former presidential palace, served as the home to 18 successive heads of state between 1897 and 1960. On the first floor there is a private chapel, a banquet hall (with its table laid), a concert hall with a superb i..

  • 4 Arpoador Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BR - Rio de Janeiro

    Arpoador is an area located between Ipanema and Copacabana. With its beautiful sunsets, it is indisputably the place to be in Rio when night falls. It is on this section of the beach that the sun's rays linger the longest before disappearing behind t..

  • 5 Ipanema and Leblon Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Av. Vieira Souto BR - Rio de Janeiro

    Ipanema and Leblon are two chic and fashionable districts located in the south of Rio next to the ocean. Ipanema's beach, which rivals Copacabana's, was at its most popular in the 1960s, when bossa nova arrived on the scene. It's a bustling place so ..

  • 6 Parque Lage Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    R. Jardim-Botânico 414 BR - Rio-de-Janeiro 22461-000

    The romantic Parque Lage was bought in 1809 by an English lord, who had it transformed into landscaped gardens, and it then passed into the hands of a wealthy ship owner. In order to please his beautiful wife, the opera singer Gabriella Besanzoni Lag..

  • 7 Gávea Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Estrada de Santa Marinha BR - Rio de Janeiro

    Gávea is a district in the southern zone of Rio, where there is a thriving festive ambience. You will find plenty of bars and restaurants here, and the crowds often break out onto the streets. Be sure to visit the Museu Histórico da Cidade (in the Pa..

  • 8 Igreja de N. S. da Candelária Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Praça Pio-X BR - Rio-de-Janeiro 20040 020

    Crowned with an imposing limestone dome, this church has bronze doors that open into a splendid interior straddling Baroque and neo-Classicism. Built in 1775 by a naval captain who had survived a shipwreck, Igreja de N. S. da Candelária counts among ..

  • 9 Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R. Primeiro-de-Março 66 BR - Rio-de-Janeiro

    A key venue for Carioca culture, the CCBB is housed in the city's former financial headquarters. The building is an example of the architecture of banks the world over, with its marble hall and a rotunda with columns and a glass roof. A small museum ..

  • 10 Casa França-Brasil Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R. Visconde-de-Itaboral 78 BR - Rio-de-Janeiro 20010 060

    Established in 1990, the Casa França-Brasil is housed in the former customs house (1819). This very elegant building, designed by the architect Grandjean de Montigny, was commissioned by the King of Portugal, João VI, in order to bring a little refin..

  • 11 Igreja da Ordem Terceira de N. S. do Monte do Carmo Interesting

    Religious buildings

    R. Primeiro-de-Março BR - Rio-de-Janeiro

    This church (1755), which stands next to the old cathedral, is part of a large complex belonging to the Carmelite Order. The grey granite façade crowned with two bell towers is typical of Portuguese architecture. The Baroque and neo-Classicism go han..

  • 12 Saara Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R. Uruguaiana BR - Rio de Janeiro

    A far cry from the touristy side of Rio, Saara is reminiscent of the cities of the Eastern Mediterranean. Syrians, Lebanese, Jews, Greeks and Turks have been living here for over a century and Koreans and Japanese have recently joined them. In this h..

  • 13 Cinelândia Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Praça Marechal Floriano BR - Rio de Janeiro

    The Praça Marechal Floriano, or Cinelândia, as the Cariocas are wont to call it in remembrance of the time when it was the site of several cinemas (only the Odeon survives), remains the heart of contemporary Rio as well as the site favoured for holdi..

  • 14 Lapa Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Av. Mem de Sá BR - Rio de Janeiro

    When night falls, Lapa comes to life. If you are in Rio, go for a stroll along the famous Arcos da Lapa (a former aqueduct that was converted to accommodate the new tram system) where you can listen to music, dance, sing, have a drink and mix with th..

  • 15 Catedral Metropolitana de São Sebastião Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Av. República-do-Chile 245 BR - Rio-de-Janeiro

    The Catedral Metropolitana de São Sebastião stands at a height of 106m and has a 96m internal diameter. This enormous concrete cone built by architect Edgar de Oliveira da Fonseca on a levelled-out morro (1964-1976) has had its fair share of controve..

  • 16 Parque das Ruínas Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R. Murtinho-Nobre 169 BR - Rio-de-Janeiro

    Just next to the Museu Chácara do Céu is the Parque das Ruínas (they are joined by a path). Go to the top floor of the ruined villa to enjoy a magnificent view over Rio. Since the 1920s it has been the setting for numerous organised festivities, on t..

  • 17 Museu do Folclore Edson Carneiro Interesting

    Museums and art

    R. do Catete 181 BR - Rio-de-Janeiro

    Love, religion, football and music: everything that has fed the imagination and passion of Brazilians has found expression in the popular arts. The Museu do Folclore Edson Carneiro brings together touching works that are often brightly coloured and o..

  • 18 Flamengo Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R. Dois de Dezembro BR - Rio de Janeiro

    Unlike Glória, Catete and Botafogo, Flamengo has retained all of its former elegance and the buildings on the seafront, at Praia Flamengo, are still very sought after. The creation of the tunnel to Copacabana has, however, cost it its central positio..

  • 19 Oi Futuro Interesting

    Museums and art

    R. Dois-de-Dezembro - Flamengo 63 BR - Rio-de-Janeiro

    Oi Futuro, the very avant-garde cultural foundation set up by Telemar, Brazil's long-standing telephone company, opened its doors in 2005. It shows remarkable exhibitions of the work of both Brazilian and foreign artists. There is a wonderful little ..

  • 20 Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Av. Borges-de-Medeiros 1424 BR - Rio-de-Janeiro 22470 003

    On the outskirts of Rio's most fashionable spots (Ipanema, Leblon, Gávea, Jardim Botânico) lies the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, a lagoon connected to the sea by a canal. On its banks are parks, sports grounds, ice- skating rinks, hiking trails and cycl..

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