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Rio de Janeiro: Downtown Historical District

Dec 14, 08 Rio de Janeiro: Downtown Historical District

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Many travelers come to Rio de Janeiro and never once set foot in the historical district. The beaches and attractions in the Zona Sul are so compelling that they overwhelm other agendas. That’s a shame, because the historical architecture, museums, churches, age-old bars, and coffee shops in the downtown area make up the city’s...

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Historic Rio: Mosteiro de Sao Bento

Dec 14, 08 Historic Rio: Mosteiro de Sao Bento

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On Sunday at 10am you can hear the Gregorian Chants at the Monastery of São Bento, one of the most impressive Baroque churches in the country. Built in 1663, the monastery contains detailing and sculptures with a mixture of dark Jacarandá wood and gold leaf. Most impressive is the front altar and large paintings along the side...

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Historic Rio: The Pier and Ilha Fiscal

Dec 14, 08 Historic Rio: The Pier and Ilha Fiscal

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The marina area in Rio de Janeiro is on the coast of the downtown area. It has a few different attractions to check out. First, inside the Espaço Cultural da Marinha (Av. Pres. Vargas, 9am–5pm daily) is a small Maritime Museum with a few artifacts showing the history of Brazilian sea navigation. Outside at the pier are two...

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