60 Sights in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (with Map and Images)
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1. Arcos da LapaBook Ticket*
The Carioca Aqueduct, also known as Arcos da Lapa, is an aqueduct in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The aqueduct was built in the middle of the 18th century to bring fresh water from the Carioca River to the population of the city. It is a typical example of colonial architecture and engineering.
2. Museum of TomorrowBook Ticket*
The Museum of Tomorrow is a science museum in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was designed by Spanish neofuturistic architect Santiago Calatrava, and built next to the waterfront at Pier Maua. Its construction was supported by the Roberto Marinho Foundation and cost approximately 230 million reais. The building was opened on December 17, 2015, with President Dilma Rousseff in attendance.
3. Morro Dois IrmãosBook Ticket*
Morro Dois Irmãos is a rock formation in the Vidigal neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro. Its top with 533 meters of altitude above sea level is higher than the Sugar Loaf but lower than corcovado this can be reached by means of a trail of 1.5 km long. Also in the park are a sculpture signed by Oscar Niemeyer and a memorial dedicated by Air France in honor of the victims of flight AF-447.
4. Valongo WharfBook Ticket*
The Valongo Wharf (Portuguese: Cais do Valongo) is an old dock located in the port area of Rio de Janeiro, between the current Coelho e Castro and Sacadura Cabral streets. Built in 1811, it was the site of landing and trading of enslaved Africans until 1831, with the blockade of Africa banning the Atlantic slave trade to Brazil.
5. Igreja de São Francisco de PaulaBook Free Tour*
The Church of St. Francis of Paula is a Catholic temple located in Largo de São Francisco de Paula, historical center of the city of Rio de Janeiro, capital of the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro. It is one of the largest temples in the municipality.
Wikipedia: Igreja de São Francisco de Paula (Rio de Janeiro) (PT)
6. Rio de JaneiroBook Free Tour*
Rio de Janeiro, or simply Rio, is the capital of the state of the same name, Brazil's third most populous state, and the second most populous city in Brazil, after São Paulo. Listed by the GaWC as a beta global city, Rio de Janeiro is the sixth most populous city in the Americas. Part of the city has been designated as a World Heritage Site, named "Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea", on 1 July 2012 as a Cultural Landscape.
7. Pedra do SalBook Free Tour*
Pedra do Sal is a historic and religious site in Rio de Janeiro, in the neighborhood of Saúde. The site was originally a quilombo village. An association group still lives there, formally known as the Community Descendents of the Quilombos of Pedra do Sal. The site was recognised in 1984 by INEPAC, the Institute for State Cultural Heritage.
8. Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí
The Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí is a purpose-built parade area built for the Rio Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The venue is also known as Passarela Professor Darcy Ribeiro or simply the Sambódromo in Portuguese or Sambadrome in English. It is located in the downtown area of Cidade Nova in Rio de Janeiro, and is the place where samba schools parade competitively each year during the Rio Carnival. The parades attract many thousands of Brazilians and foreign tourists each year, and the structure is also used as a multi-purpose performance venue. The structures of the Sambadrome were designed by the architect Oscar Niemeyer (1907–2012), and represent his first major work after the end of the Brazilian dictatorship of 1964–1985.
9. Fundação Casa de Rui Barbosa
Barbosha's Foundation, an agency linked to the Ministry of Civic Affairs, is located on the January River in Botha Fire, on the street, with 134. The origin of this institution is a museum, the Museum of Barbosha, created by Decree No. 17,758 of 4 April 1927 and opened on 13 August 1930, located in one of the city's oldest urban teas, where the Brazilian jurist, politician, lawyer and intellectual barbarveira lived from 1895 to 1923. According to the International Council of Museums (icom) definition: "Museums-houses are historic buildings, already inhabited, open to the public, showcasing furniture and original collections of historical, cultural and national interest, preserving the spiritual and community memories of ancient owners."
10. Gávea Planetary
The Planetary Foundation of the City of Rio de Janeiro (Planetario) is an institution, a legal entity governed by public law, linked to the Secretariat of Government and Public Integrity of the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. It is dedicated to the dissemination of astronomy and related sciences to the population. Manages two planetariumsː The Gávea Planetarium and the Santa Cruz Planetarium. It is headquartered at a hundred number of Vice Governor Rubens Berardo Street, in the Gávea neighborhood. Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00, Saturday from 14:30 to 19:00 and Sunday from 15:30 to 18:00.
11. Sítio Roberto Burle Marx
Roberto Burle Marx was a Brazilian landscape architect whose designs of parks and gardens made him world-famous. He is accredited with having introduced modernist landscape architecture to Brazil. He was known as a modern nature artist and a public urban space designer. His work had a great influence on tropical garden design in the 20th century. Water gardens were a popular theme in his work. He was deftly able to transfer traditional artistic expressions such as graphic design, tapestry and folk art into his landscape designs. He also designed fabrics, jewellery and stage sets.
12. Museu da República
The Museum of the Republic is a museum of history, and its headquarters is the Catholic Palace in the Catholic diocese south of River City in January. Catholic Palace is an important model of Brazilian neoclassical architecture at the end of the tenth century. The mission of the Museum of the Republic is to preserve, investigate and disseminate objects and documents that bear witness to the memory and history of the government of the Republic in Brazil. The structure of the Brazilian Museum Association is linked to the Special Secretariat for Culture of the Ministry of Tourism.
13. Zeppelin Hangar
The so-called zeppelin hangar is located at the cruciform air base of the Brazilian air force. This is a hangar, a large building used to house the German airship known as the zeppelin. It is currently one of the last existing airship hangars and one of the best maintained aircraft hangars in the world. The project is under the responsibility of the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Authority (iphan) and can be legally recognized as the true tourist and socio-cultural benefit of River City in January, becoming one of the Seven Wonders of the Historic Cross Sanctuary.
14. GRES Acadêmicos de Santa Cruz
The Red Leisure Samba Crossover Academic School is a Brazilian samba school from River City in January and headquartered in the Crossover Samba District on the west side of the city. Among the "Carnival" samba schools that once paraded in Pulsatilla, the farthest one is the tripartite samba school located on the streets of the Holy Cross Empire. At present, the alliance was established in 2019 with eight other schools and participated in the King series activities. The group is the "Nuclear Carnival Elite Visiting Group".
15. Quinta da Boa Vista
The Quinta da Boa Vista is a public park of great historical importance located in the São Cristóvão neighbourhood, in the North zone of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The park was part of the gardens of the São Cristóvão Palace, the residence of the Emperors of Brazil in the 19th century and the home of the Zoological Garden of Rio de Janeiro, with over 2000 species of animals. The building of the old palace hosted the National Museum, with collections on natural history, ethnology and archaeology.
16. Estátua Princesa Isabel
Dona Isabel, nicknamed "the Redemptress", was the Princess Imperial of the Empire of Brazil and the Empire's regent on three occasions. Born in Rio de Janeiro as the eldest daughter of Emperor Pedro II of Brazil and Empress Teresa Cristina, she was a member of the Brazilian branch of the House of Braganza. After the deaths of her two brothers in infancy, she was recognized as her father's heir presumptive. She married a French prince, Gaston, Count of Eu, in an arranged marriage and they had three sons.
17. G.R.E.S. Unidos de Padre Miguel
The Grêmio Recreativo Escola de Samba Unidos de Padre Miguel is a samba school of the city of Rio de Janeiro, being located on Rua Mesquita in the neighborhood of Padre Miguel. I came to present themselves among the great, in 1960, 1971 and 1972. After years in which they would wrap the flag gave back on top and Group A, in 2010. but with the addition made by LIERJ, where it originated the series to the school came to be a candidate for the title of this group.
18. Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte do Carmo
The Church of Our Lady of Carmo of the Old See or Old See, as it is popularly known, is a parish of the Roman Catholic Church, located at Rua Sete de Setembro, no. 14 and Rua Primeiro de Março, in the historic center of Rio de Janeiro. It was the episcopal seat of the Archdiocese of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro until 1976, when the new Cathedral of St. Sebastian of Rio de Janeiro was completed, which is why it is also referred to as the Old See.
19. Almirante Miguel Grau
Miguel María Grau Seminario was the most renowned Peruvian naval officer and hero of the naval battle of Angamos during the War of the Pacific (1879–1884). He was known as el Caballero de los Mares for his kind and chivalrous treatment of defeated enemies and is esteemed by both Peruvians and Chileans. He is an iconic figure for the Peruvian Navy, and one of the most famous merchant marine and naval military leaders of the Americas.
20. Rio de Janeiro Cathedral
The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, better known as the Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro or as the Cathedral of St. Sebastian of Rio de Janeiro, is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro. The cathedral is the See of the Metropolitan Archbishops of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The church is dedicated to Saint Sebastian, the patron saint of Rio de Janeiro.
21. Dom Pedro I
The equestrian statue of Pedro I is located in Tiradentes Square, in the city center of Rio de Janeiro, in the homonymous state, Brazil. It is a national historical heritage, listed by the National Institute of Historic and Artistic Heritage (IPHAN), since 4 March 1999. It is also a Rio de Janeiro state cultural heritage, registered by the Instituto Estadual do Patrimônio Cultural (INEPAC), since 26 September 1978.
According to Christian apocryphal and Islamic tradition, Saint Anne was the mother of Mary and the maternal grandmother of Jesus. Mary's mother is not named in the canonical gospels. In writing, Anne's name and that of her husband Joachim come only from New Testament apocrypha, of which the Gospel of James seems to be the earliest that mentions them. The mother of Mary is mentioned but not named in the Quran.
23. Pedra da Gávea
Pedra da Gávea is a monolithic mountain in Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Composed of granite and gneiss, its elevation is 844 metres (2,769 ft), making it one of the highest mountains in the world that ends directly in the ocean. Trails on the mountain were opened up by the local farming population in the early 1800s; today, the site is under the administration of the Tijuca National Park.
24. Rio de Janeiro Zoological Garden
The Rio de Janeiro Zoological Garden (Portuguese: Jardim Zoológico do Rio de Janeiro) is a zoo located in the district of São Cristóvão, in the municipality of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The institution has among its main objectives the development of environmental and educational activities, based on the animals of its collection—which consists mainly of fish, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
25. Palácio do Catete
The Catete Palace is an urban mansion in Rio de Janeiro's Flamengo neighborhood. The property stretches from Rua do Catete to Praia do Flamengo. Construction began in 1858 and ended in 1867. From 1897 to 1960, it was Brazil's presidential palace and the site of Getúlio Vargas' suicide. It now houses the Museu da República and a theatre. The Catete underground rail station is adjacent.
26. Palacete Princesa Isabel
The Princess Isabel Palace is a building located in the Santa Cruz neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro. With its architecture that resembles the neoclassical style, the construction aimed to house the administrative headquarters of the former Santa Cruz slaughterhouse. It currently acts as a culture promoter center in the region, offering a modest library, musical instrument courses, etc.
27. Edifício A Noite
The Joseph Gire Building, better known as the A Noite Building or Edificio o Jornal A Noite, is an office building located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil that served as the headquarters of the Rio-based newspaper A Noite. At a height of 102 meters, it was the tallest building in Brazil for two years between 1927 and 1929 before it was surpassed by the Martinelli Building in São Paulo.
28. GRES Unidos da Tijuca
The Grêmio Recreativo Escola de Samba Unidos da Tijuca is a samba school of the city of Rio de Janeiro. It was founded on 31 December 1931 from the fusion of existing blocks in Morro do Borel. Among its founders are Leandro Chagas, João de Almeida, Pacific Vasconcelos, Tatão, Alfredo Gomes, Marina Silva, Orlando da Costa Godinho, Zeneida Oliveira, and Regina Vasconcelos.
29. Palácio Laranjeiras
The Palácio das Laranjeiras is a palace designated as the official residence of the Governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro. It is located in the neighborhood of Laranjeiras, in the city of Rio de Janeiro. It is listed by the National Institute of Historical and Artistic Heritage (IPHAN) and the State Institute of Cultural Heritage of Rio de Janeiro (INEPAC).
30. Casa França-Brasil
Casa França-Brasil is located in the historic center of the city of Rio de Janeiro, state of the same name, in Brazil. This historic property is currently requalified as a cultural center. It is a national cultural heritage, listed by the National Institute of Historical and Artistic Heritage (IPHAN), on May 24, 1938, under the process of no. 101-T-1938.
31. Santuário de Nossa Senhora de Fátima
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima of Rio de Janeiro, is a Marian sanctuary located on Avenida Alfredo Baltazar da Silveira, in the neighborhood of Recreio dos Bandeirantes, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, composed of a replica of the famous Chapel of the Original Apparitions of cova da Iria, in the Sanctuary of Fatima, in Fatima, Portugal.
Wikipedia: Santuário de Nossa Senhora de Fátima (Rio de Janeiro) (PT)
"Little Manek" is the popular name for a statue that sits across from the Kettle Club and Kettle Club headquarters in the puddle district of River City in January. It represents a boy urinating, inspired by Maneken Pease, who drew a witch's horn on the dock. In 2002, the statue was dumped as a heritage by River City Town Hall in January.
The Marine Aquarium of Rio de Janeiro, or AquaRio, is a public aquarium located in the Gamboa neighborhood, in the port zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With a constructed area of about 26,000 square metres (280,000 sq ft), it is located to the west of Muhammad Ali Square. It is considered the largest marine aquarium in South America.
34. Praça São Salvador
São Salvador Square is a square in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which corresponds to the quadrilateral between São Salvador, Esteves Júnior and Senador Corrêa streets. The square, endowed with a children's playground and a bandstand, is surrounded by bars and residential buildings. It is a predominantly middle class area.
35. Church of Our Lady of the Candelária
The Candelária Church is an important historical Roman Catholic church in the city of Rio de Janeiro, in southeastern Brazil. It was built and decorated during a long period, from 1775 to the late 19th century. The church combines a Portuguese colonial Baroque façade with later Neoclassical and Neo-Renaissance interior elements.
36. Palácio Tiradentes
The Tiradentes Palace, was inaugurated on 6 May 1926 and is located in the Centro neighborhood (bairro), next to the Paço Imperial in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was the former seat of the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil, between 1926 and 1960, and is the current seat of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Rio de Janeiro.
37. General Osório Statue
xv Square, also known as November xv Square, November 15 Square, No.15 Square or No.15 Square, is a square located in the central area of the river city center in January. In addition to the streets that are located in early March, the square also includes the Earl's Waterfront, a public promenade around Guanabara Bay.
38. Igreja da Santa Cruz dos Militares
The Army's Cross Sanctuary is a colonial church in the city of January River, which has been fortunate to have been aggregated by papo pio xi to Vatnia Bastia since 1923. People who meet the appropriate conditions can get full leniency when visiting. It is located in the center of the city, on March 1st Street, No.36.
39. Igreja e Mosteiro de São Bento
The Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat, more commonly known as the Mosteiro de São Bento (Monastery of St. Benedict), is a Benedictine abbey located on the Morro de São Bento in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Mannerist style church is a primary example of Portuguese colonial architecture in Rio and the country.
40. Espaço Cultural da Marinha
Marine Cultural Space is a cultural center located in the central area of the river city center in January. The exhibition covers an area of about 11,000 square meters and is located on the waterfront between Lampstand Wide and xv Square. It is under the Naval Historical Heritage and Documentation Administration.
41. Nau dos Descobrimentos
The so-called Nau Capitania is a replica of a fifteenth-century Portuguese caravel, built at the Aratu Naval Base in Brazil, by Ralph Nicholson for the 500th anniversary celebrations of the discovery, considered a museum ship, subordinate to the Directorate of Historical Heritage and Documentation From the Navy.
42. Campo de Santana
Campo de Santana is a park located in Praça da República, in the center of the municipality of Rio de Janeiro, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The name of the square is a reference to the fact that it is located in the vicinity of where the proclamation of the Republic of Brazil occurred in 1889.
43. Navio-Museu Bauru
USS McAnn (DE-179) is a retired Cannon-class destroyer escort built for the United States Navy during World War II. She served in the Atlantic Ocean and provided escort service against submarine and air attack for Navy vessels and convoys. As Bauru she is preserved by the Brazilian Navy at Rio de Janeiro.
44. Ponte dos Jesuítas
The Guandu Bridge or, as today is known, Jesuit Bridge, is located in the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro, in Santa Cruz and was completed in 1752, with the purpose of regulating the volume of flood water and to Facilitate the connection of Santa Cruz with other farms. It was a dam bridge.
45. Museu Naval
The Naval Museum is located in the city center of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is a space for the preservation of Brazilian naval memory. In its collection, there are several documents that report the history of the Brazilian Navy, with emphasis on Brazilian participation in conflicts.
46. Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco da Penitência
The Church of the Third Order of St. Francis of Penance is a colonial church located next to the Convent of St. Anthony, on the hill of the same name, in the center of Rio de Janeiro. For its lush Baroque décor, it is considered one of the most important in the city and the country.
Wikipedia: Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco da Penitência (PT)
47. Copacabana's Fort
Fort Copacabana is a military base at the south end of the beach that defines the district of Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro. The base is open to the public and contains the Museu Histórico do Exército and a coastal defense fort that is the actual Fort Copacabana.
48. Carmen Miranda Museum
Carmen Miranda Museum, located in the Parque Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes, is a museum established in homage to singer and actress Carmen Miranda and open to the public since 1976. The museum was officially opened on the 21st anniversary of her death.
49. Museu Histórico e Diplomático do Itamaraty
The Itamaraty Historical and Diplomatic Museum- MHD is a Brazilian museum institution that aims to preserve the history of Brazilian diplomatic. The Itamaraty Historical and Diplomatic Museum is located at the Itamaraty Palace in Rio de Janeiro.
50. GRES Portela
The Grêmio Recreativo Escola de Samba Portela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is a decorated, traditional samba school. It is champion of the 2017 Carnival paradeand has the highest number of wins in the top-tier Rio parade, with 22 titles in total.
51. Praça José de Alencar
José de Alencar Square is a square located in the Flamengo neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is located at the confluence of the streets of Catete, Count of Baependi, Baron of Flamengo, Marquis of Abrantes and Senator Vergueiro.
52. Praça da Apoteose
The Apotheosis Square is a venue in Rio de Janeiro close to the Morro da Mineira favela. It is part of Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí, which can hold a maximum 90,000 people. For concerts, it can hold from 10,000 to 40,000 people.
53. Forte Duque de Caxias
Fort Duque de Caxias, formerly called Forte da Vigia, Forte da Espia and Forte do Leme, is located in the Leme neighborhood, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, in the homonymous state, in Brazil. It is on the summit of Morro do Leme.
54. Escadaria Selarón
Escadaria Selarón, also known as the 'Selaron Steps', is a set of world-famous steps in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They are the work of Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón who claimed it as "my tribute to the Brazilian people".
55. GRESE Império da Tijuca
Tijuka Imperial Entertainment Samba School is a Brazilian samba school from River City in January. The term "education" is added to the name of the school, because when the school was founded, the main concern was education.
56. Cidade do Samba
Thirty Sands, also known as Samba Town, is the shack area of Samba School of the January River Special Group, which is located in the core area of the district, and its main entrance is located in beautiful Rollicky Street.
57. Chinese Belvedere
The Vista Chinesa is one of the belvederes of Rio de Janeiro, at the topmost of one of the roads that connect the Jardim Botânico area to the Parque Nacional & Floresta da Tijuca, known as the Estrada da Vista Chinesa.
58. Museu do Universo
The Universe Museum is a museum dedicated to astronomy. It was inaugurated in 1970 in the hundred number of Vice Governor Rubens Berardo Street, in the Gávea neighborhood, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
59. Praça Marechal Âncora
Praça Marechal Âncora is a square located in the Downtown district, in the Central Zone of the city of Rio de Janeiro. It is part of The Conde Waterfront, a public promenade that borders Guanabara Bay.
60. GRES Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel
The Grêmio Recreativo Escola de Samba Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel is a samba school of the city of Rio de Janeiro, being located on Rua Coronel Tamarindo, in the neighborhood of Padre Miguel.
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