32 Sights in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (with Map and Images)

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Here you can find interesting sights in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Click on a marker on the map to view details about the sight. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 32 sights are available in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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1. Cidade do Samba

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Cidade do Samba Erik Ogan from San Francisco, CA, USA / CC BY-SA 2.0

The City of Samba Joãosinho Trinta, also known as Cidade do Samba, is an area destined to the sheds of the samba schools of the Special Group of Rio de Janeiro, located in the heart of the Carioca neighborhood of Gamboa, having its main entrance located in Rua Arlindo Rodrigues.

Wikipedia: Cidade do Samba Joãozinho Trinta (PT)

2. Igreja de São Francisco de Paula

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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)

3. Rio de Janeiro

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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.

Wikipedia: Rio de Janeiro (EN)

4. Fundação Casa de Rui Barbosa

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Fundação Casa de Rui Barbosa is an institution linked to the Ministry of Citizenship, located in Rio de Janeiro, in the Botafogo neighborhood, located at Rua São Clemente, 134. The institution originates from a house museum, the Casa de Rui Barbosa Museum, created by Decree No. 17,758, of April 4, 1927 and inaugurated on August 13, 1930, located in one of the oldest urban farms in the city, where the Brazilian jurist, politician, lawyer and intellectual Ruy Barbosa de Oliveira lived, from 1895 to 1923. According to the definition of the International Council of Museums (ICOM): "Museums-Houses are historic buildings that have already been inhabited and are open to the public to display original furniture and collections of historical, cultural and ethnographic interest, preserving the spirit of the ancient owners and the memory of the community."

Wikipedia: Fundação Casa de Rui Barbosa (PT)

5. Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí

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Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil / CC BY 3.0 br

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.

Wikipedia: Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí (EN)

6. GRES Acadêmicos de Santa Cruz

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GRES Acadêmicos de Santa Cruz Grêmio Recreativo Escola de Samba Acadêmicos de Santa Cruz. / Conteúdo restrito

Grêmio Recreativo Escola de Samba Acadêmicos de Santa Cruz is a Brazilian samba school in the city of Rio de Janeiro, based in the Santa Cruz neighborhood, in the west of the city. Among the samba schools of rio carnival that have paraded in the Marquis of Sapucaí, it is the one that is the farthest from the sambadrome, located on Rua do Império in Santa Cruz. It is currently affiliated with LIGA RJ, an entity created together with eight other schools in 2019, and participates in the Ouro Series, an access group for the rio carnival elite.

Wikipedia: Acadêmicos de Santa Cruz (PT)

7. Estátua Princesa Isabel

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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.

Wikipedia: Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil (EN)

8. Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte do Carmo

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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.

Wikipedia: Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte do Carmo (PT)

9. Museu da República

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The Museum of the Republic is a historical museum whose head office is the Catete Palace, located in the Catete district, south of the city of Rio de Janeiro. The Catete Palace is an important example of Brazilian neoclassical architecture at the end of the 19th century. It is part of the structure of the Brazilian Institute of Museums, a federal authority linked to the Special Secretariat of Culture of the Ministry of Tourism.

Wikipedia: Museu da República (PT)

10. Rio de Janeiro Cathedral

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Rio de Janeiro Cathedral Cyro A. Silva from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil / CC BY 2.0

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.

Wikipedia: Rio de Janeiro Cathedral (EN)

11. Morro da Providência

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Morro da Providência is a favela located between the two Rio de Janeiro districts of Santo Cristo and Gamboa. It has an altitude of 115 metres and is located in the port area of the city. It is widely considered to be the first favela community in Brazil."The granite hump of Providencia gazes down like a stern guardian on the old port of Rio de Janeiro. It offers probably the finest viewpoint over any city I know."

Wikipedia: Morro da Providência (EN)

12. Dom Pedro I

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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.

Wikipedia: Equestrian statue of Pedro I (EN)

13. Palácio do Catete

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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.

Wikipedia: Catete Palace (EN)

14. Palacete Princesa Isabel

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Princess Palace is a building located in the St. Cross Street area of January River City. In the neoclassical style of architecture, the purpose of the building is to provide residence for the administrative headquarters of the old cross slaughterhouse. It is currently a social centre for promoting culture in the region, offering meager libraries, musical instrument courses and more.

Wikipedia: Palacete Princesa Isabel (PT)

15. GRES Unidos da Tijuca

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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.

Wikipedia: Unidos da Tijuca (EN)

16. Manequinho

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Manequinho is the popular name of a statue that is located in front of the club's botafogo de futebol e regatas, in the Botafogo neighborhood, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She represents a boy urinating and was inspired by Manneken Pis, who graces a corner of Brussels, Belgium. In 2002, the statue was listed as a heritage site by the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Wikipedia: Manequinho (PT)

17. Praça São Salvador

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Praça São Salvador is a square in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which corresponds to the quadruplet between the streets of São Salvador, Esteves Júnior and Senador Corrêa. The square, endorsed with a children's playground and a bandstand, is surrounded by bars and residential buildings. It is a predominantly middle class area.

Wikipedia: Praça São Salvador (PT)

18. Igreja da Santa Cruz dos Militares

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The Church of Santa Cruz dos Militares is a colonial church in the city of Rio de Janeiro that has the privilege of being added to the Vatican Basilica, since 1923, by Pope Pius XI. Those who meet the appropriate conditions can receive a plenary indulgence when visiting it. It is located in the city center, at Rua Primeiro de Março, 36.

Wikipedia: Igreja de Santa Cruz dos Militares (PT)

19. Palácio Laranjeiras

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Orange Palace refers to the palace designated as the official residence of the governor of January River State. It is located in the orange area of River City in January. The National Institute of Historical and Artistic Heritage (iphan) and the National Institute of River Cultural Heritage in January (inepaco) jointly undertake.

Wikipedia: Palácio Laranjeiras (PT)

20. Palácio Tiradentes

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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.

Wikipedia: Tiradentes Palace (EN)

21. General Osório Statue

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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.

Wikipedia: Estátua equestre do General Osório (PT)

22. Espaço Cultural da Marinha

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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.

Wikipedia: Espaço Cultural da Marinha (PT)

23. Arcos da Lapa

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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.

Wikipedia: Carioca Aqueduct (EN)

24. Navio-Museu Bauru

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USS McAnn (DE-179) was a 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.

Wikipedia: USS McAnn (EN)

25. Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco da Penitência

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Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco da Penitência kcjc009 [2], modified by Fulviusbsas / CC BY 2.0

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)

26. Museu Naval

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Museu Naval Brazillian Navy / Attribution

The Naval Museum is located in the center of the river in January, in Brazil. This is a space used to preserve the memory of the Brazilian navy. In this regard, there are many documents reporting on the history of Brazil's navy, focusing on Brazil's participation in the conflict.

Wikipedia: Museu Naval e Oceanográfico (PT)

27. Nau dos Descobrimentos

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Nau dos Descobrimentos Brazillian Navy / Attribution

The so-called "Flagship" is a replica of a 12th-century Portuguese caravan built for the 500th anniversary of the discovery at the Alatu Naval Base in Blasile, regarded as a museum ship under the Marine Historical Heritage and Documentation Authority.

Wikipedia: Nau Capitânia (PT)

28. Carmen Miranda Museum

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Carmen Miranda Museum Marcelo Horn / Subsecretaria de Comunicação Social (Governo do Estado do Rio de Janeiro) / CC BY 2.0 br

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.

Wikipedia: Carmen Miranda Museum (EN)

29. Campo de Santana

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Camp Santana is a park located on the Republic Square, in the middle of the January River, the state of the January River, in Brazil. The name of the square means that it is located near the proclamation of the Brazilian Republic in 1889.

Wikipedia: Campo de Santana (Parque do Rio de Janeiro) (PT)

30. Praça José de Alencar

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Praça José de Alencar 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.

Wikipedia: Praça José de Alencar (PT)

31. Praça da Apoteose

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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.

Wikipedia: Praça da Apoteose (EN)

32. Escadaria Selarón

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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".

Wikipedia: Escadaria Selarón (EN)

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