Rio Neighborhood Guide

Centro Downtown Rio

Brazilian history, classic architecture, and landmark parks dominate El Centro.

El Centro of Rio is dominated by historic architecture, landmark moments in Brazilians history, and colonial plazas. The juxtaposition of the center is such that it is not unusual to find a significant monument sandwiched between two skyscrapers.

The very essence of El Centro is that it is where old meets new, and where progress and history collide. Be sure to plan a visit to this remarkable neighborhood.

Lapa Arches

Lapa Arches

The aqueducts were built in the XVIII century and over 850 feet long, and connect Santa Teresa and Lapa.

Metropolitan Cathedral

Metropolitan Cathedral

This architectural landmark is over 250 feet high, and holds over 20,000 people.

Santana Park

Santana Park

A lush park downtown, where Marshal Deodoro da Fonseca first declared Brazil’s independence from Portugal.

Municipal Theater

Municipal Theater

The premier theater in Rio, it first opened in 1909 and still hosts Rio’s symphony and ballet company.

Praça XV

Praça XV

The beautifully preserved former home of the ruling family, the square is surrounded by historical churches and monuments.


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