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  • 1. Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 2. Mosteiro de São Bento

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    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 in gold...Read More

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  • 3. Palácio do Catete

    Catete | Garden/Arboretum

    Once the villa of a German baron, this elegant, 19th-century granite-and-marble palace became the presidential residence after the 1889 coup...Read More

  • 4. Sítio Roberto Burle Marx

    Jardim Piaí | Garden/Arboretum

    Nature lovers and architecture buffs will find it worth making the advance booking required to visit this plantation-turned-museum honoring...Read More

  • 5. Beco do Comércio

    Centro | Pedestrian Mall

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

  • 6. Biblioteca Nacional

    Centro | Library/Archive

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

  • 7. Centro Cultural Laurinda Santos Lobo

    Santa Teresa | Museum/Gallery

    This pink mansion houses Santa Teresa's small Museu do Bonde (Bonde Museum), dedicated to Rio's trolleys, and the exhibition covering the history...Read More

  • 8. Forte de Copacabana and Museu Histórico do Exército

    Copacabana | Military Site

    Copacabana Fort was built in 1914 as part of Rio's first line of defense, and many original features, such as the thick brick fortification...Read More

  • 9. Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Candelária

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

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  • 10. Igreja de São Francisco da Penitência

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 11. Largo do Guimarães

    Santa Teresa | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    Much of the activity in close-knit Santa Teresa takes place around its village-like squares, among them Largo do Guimarães, a social hub that...Read More

  • 12. Monumento aos Pracinhas

    Glória | Museum/Gallery

    The Monument to the Brazilian Dead of World War II—the nation sided with the Allies during the conflict—is actually a combination museum and...Read More

  • 13. Museu Casa de Rui Barbosa

    Botafogo | Museum/Gallery

    Steps away from Botafogo metro station is a museum in the former home of the 19th-century Brazilian statesman, writer, and scholar Rui Barbosa...Read More

  • 14. Museu Chácara do Céu

    Santa Teresa | Museum/Gallery

    The collection of mostly modern works at this museum was left—along with the hilltop house that contains it—by one of Rio's greatest arts patrons...Read More

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  • 15. Museu Internacional De Arte Naïf do Brasil

    Cosme Velho | Museum/Gallery

    More than 6,000 works by Brazil's best self-taught painters, along with some by their counterparts from around the world, grace the walls of...Read More

  • 16. Museu Nacional

    São Cristóvão | Museum/Gallery

    A little off Rio's main tourist track, the National Museum is well worth the metro ride to view its exhibits of botanical, anthropological,...Read More

  • 17. Paço Imperial

    Centro | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    This two-story building with thick stone walls and an ornate entrance was built in 1743, and for the next 60 years was the headquarters for...Read More

  • 18. Palácio Tiradentes

    Centro | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The Tiradentes Palace contains a permanent exhibit describing its history as the seat of the Brazilian parliament before Brasília was built...Read More

  • 19. Quinta da Boa Vista

    São Cristóvão | Park/Playground

    Complete with lakes and marble statuary, this vast public park on a former royal estate's landscaped grounds is a popular spot for family picnics...Read More

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  • 20. Real Gabinete Portugues de Leitura

    Centro | Library/Archive

    This evocative library, known as the Royal Reading Room, contains the largest collection of Portuguese literature outside of Portugal and was...Read More

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