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Monument / Landmark
“The iconic statue that everyone will recognise Rio de Janeiro instantly. Cristo Redentor as know to the locals, stands on Corcovada over looking Rio de Janeiro. Definately worth a day trip!”
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Science Museum
“ Take the elevator and go to the rooftoop to have an amazing view. The access to the rooftoop is for free. The entrance to the museum is for free on tuesdays.”
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Art Museum
“O Museu de Arte Moderna do RIo de Janeiro, a 15 -20 minutos a pé, abriga uma das coletâneas de arte contemporânea mais importante do pais. The Modern Art Museum, a 15-20 minute walk away, houses one of the most important collectioins of contemporary art in Brasil.”
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Theater
“The most beautiful classic theater in Rio de Janeiro city, inspired in the Opera de Paris. Walking tours available (check on their website for days and hours). Watching a play is also an option, with good prices on the higher floors. ”
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Soccer Stadium
“Maracanã has already been the scenery of the most important Brazilian football classic and earned historical moments of the international football. Monumental facts, like the thousandth goal of king Pelé, in 1969, also happened in the grass of the football Brazilian temple.”
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Cultural Center
“It is ons of the biggest art centers in the world. It holds art exhibitions, theaters, historial exhibitions, music and other activities. The building located at the heart of the most conserved "old Rio" quarter is also astonishing.”
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Music Venue
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“Rio Scenarium is the largest and most famous Samba Dance Club in Rio de Janeiro and perhaps the world. Set in a large, ancient converted warehouse, the club has 3 floors and is filled with antique furniture, lamps, couches,and tables. The band plays on the ground floor in the center of the building which is open to viewing from the upper floors.”
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Art Museum
“www.museudeartedorio.org.br - inaugurated in 2013, top floor dedicated to original prints of old Rio)”
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Historic Site
“Unique selarón steps by the famous chilean artist Jorge Selarón. All the steps are made from tiles from various countries.”
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Outdoor Sculpture
“This is one of the main touristic attractions in the neighborhood, you've got to check this out! ”
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Bar
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“Bar Urca serves excellent Pestiscos (appetizers) and Pastels. Pastel de Camarao (Shrimp turnover), fried Sardines, and Bolinho de bacalhau (deep fried cod balls) are among the favorites. Dinner entrees include typical Brazilian fare, as well as seafood dishes. Try the "Bacalhau a Portuguesa" (Codfish Portuguese style).”
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Dive Bar
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“It doesn’t get more carioca than this place. Located in a charming street near the beach, it serves great local food combined with great atmosphere. Definitely recommend!”
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Museum
“It used to be the residence of the brazilian presidents up to the 1960's, it is within a walking distance from the building.”
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Movie Theater
“Inaugurado em 3 de setembro de 1938, o Cine Roxy é um dos únicos cinemas em funcionamento no bairro, que conta também com o Cine Joia, e é reconhecido pela prefeitura como "marco referencial na cultura cinematográfica da cidade". Cine Roxy had its debut on September 3rd, 1938 and it's one of the only movie theaters of the neighbourhood - that has also the Cine Joia. This place is considered a "cinematographic reference" by Rio's prefecture.”
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Art Museum
“O Museu foi projetado por Oscar Niemeyer. De Niterói há uma bela vista da cidade do Rio de Janeiro The Museum was designed by Oscar Niemeyer. From Niterói there is a beautiful view of the city of Rio de Janeiro”
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Historic Site
“A nive belvedere intalled on the ruins of an old magnificent mansion.. with a 360 degrees wonderful view.”
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