Rio de Janeiro Sights

When in Rio, don't be afraid to follow the tourist trail—the major attractions really are "must-sees." Contrary to tourist-board images, the sun doesn't always shine on the city, so when it does, make the most of it. If the skies are clear, waste no time in heading for Cosme Velho to visit the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado mountain, or to Urca to make the cable car ascent to the peak

of Sugar Loaf. Time-pressed travelers will find that whistle-stop city tours are a good way to see many attractions in one day, while those lucky enough to spend a week or more here can afford to take a more leisurely approach. Cloudy days are a good time to visit the attractions of leafy Lagoa and Jardim Botânico and the breezily bohemian hilltop neighborhood of Santa Teresa. The historic buildings, museums, and cultural centers of Centro, Catete, Glória, and Lapa are ideal rainy-day options.

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Catete and Gloria 3

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Beco do Comércio

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A network of narrow streets and alleys centers on this pedestrian thoroughfare, also called the Travessa do Comércio, whose name translates...

Biblioteca Nacional

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Corinthian columns adorn the neoclassical National Library (built between 1905 and 1908), the first such establishment in Latin America.

Catedral de São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro

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The exterior of this circa-1960 metropolitan cathedral, which looks like a concrete beehive, divides opinion. The daring modern design...

Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil

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What was once the headquarters of Brazil's oldest bank is now an enormous cultural space in downtown Rio. With areas designated for cinema...

Centro Cultural Correios

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The Post Office Cultural Center is rather in the shadow of the more impressive Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil around the corner, but...

Convento do Santo Antônio

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The Convent of St. Anthony was completed in 1780, but some parts date from 1615, making it one of Rio's oldest structures. Its baroque...

Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Candelária

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The classic symmetry of Candelária's white dome and bell towers casts an unexpected air of tranquillity over the chaos of downtown traffic.

Igreja de São Francisco da Penitência

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This baroque church was completed in 1737, nearly four decades after construction began. Today it's famed for its wooden sculptures and...

Mosteiro de São Bento

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Just a glimpse of the Monastery of St. Benedict's main altar can fill you with awe. Layer upon layer of curvaceous wood carvings coated...

Museu Histórico Nacional

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The building that houses the National History Museum dates from 1762, though some sections—such as the battlements—were erected as...

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