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Top 10 places in Rio de janeiro

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Visit Monastery of Sao Bento

Monastery of Sao Bento

The Monastery of St. Benedict was founded in 1590 by Benedictine monks from Salvador de Bahia. An aristocratic family gave them a great portion of land where the municipality of Sao Bento is currently located. At first, they lived in an hospice. Ils reçurent en donation des propriétés où était... Read more

Visit Church of our lady of Candelaria

Church of our lady of Candelaria

Around 1609, a chapel was built there by Spanish sailors of the ship named Candelaria; they had escaped shipwreck so this chapel was the result of their vow. In 1775, it was decided to build a larger church to replace the chapel that was in poor conditions. It is the military architect Francisco... Read more

Visit Bank of Brazil Cultural Center

Bank of Brazil Cultural Center

In the 80s, cultural centers were created by the largest bank of the country, in Rio and in two other cities; the one in Rio is the most important. This art-deco building made by Joaquim Bethencourt da Silva was inaugurated in 1906; it has a very beautiful glass dome that makes the interior very... Read more

Visit Theatro Municipal (Municipal Theatre)

Theatro Municipal (Municipal Theatre)

Built in the early 20th century. in Cinelandia, it is one of the finest and largest theaters in South America. Already in the 19th century, theatrical activity had become of great importance in Rio:  it was clear that the Lyric Opera and the Theatro São Pedro were insufficient. The building of the... Read more

Visit National Museum of Fine Arts

National Museum of Fine Arts

The architect Adolfo Morales who made the plans for the building in 1908 was inspired by the Louvre. The museum has more than 20,000 pieces, mostly works by European and Brazilian artists from the 17th to the 19th century: paintings, sculptures, engravings and drawings. There are many works by... Read more

Visit The Metropolitan Cathedral

The Metropolitan Cathedral

It was built according to a design by Edgar Oliveira da Fonseca between 1964 and 1979 and replaced the former cathedral. This ultramodern building shocked some of the townspeople: it has a tapered shape with a diameter of 106 m and a 75 m-height. The style comes from the " brutalism " movement.... Read more

Visit Church of the Third Order of St. Francis of Penance

Church of the Third Order of St. Francis of Penance

The exterior of the church could not be more austere. The wonder is even greater when you enter the church and see these lush baroque decorations that leave scarcely any wall bare. Everything is covered with gilded carved wood, sculptures, paintings and there are so many of them that it is... Read more

Visit Real Gabinete Português de Leitura (Royal Portuguese Reading Office)

Real Gabinete Português de Leitura (Royal Portuguese Reading Office)

This building that was erected in 1837 is a project of the Portuguese architect Rafael de Castro e Silva. However, the façade was designed Joseph Germano. He has an exuberant Gothic Revival style that is called the " Manueline " in Portugal. The “Manueline” (1495-1521) was developed during the... Read more

Visit Maracana Stadium

Maracana Stadium

This huge stadium was built for the 1950 World Cup; it was the largest stadium at the time. The day of the final there were nearly 200,000 spectators; however, most of them had to stand. Actually, there are nearly 79,000 seats. There is ongoing work to bring the capacity to close to 100,000 seats.... Read more

Visit Cultural Centre Parque das Ruinas

Cultural Centre Parque das Ruinas

This is a public park and a cultural center created from the ruins of the Villa patron Laurinda Santos Lobos (1878-1946). From 1920 to 1946 many celebrities from the art world were welcomed there including writers and politicians during both cultural and mundane celebrations: For instance, Vill... Read more

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