Things to do for History Buffs in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

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    Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar)

    73 reviews

    Sugar Loaf Mountain is an integral part of Brazil's rich history, for it was here that Portugese explorer, Estacio de Sa, walked ashore on March 1st, 1565. Fastforward to 1912 where the first cablecar in Brazil began pulling visitors up to Sugar Loaf Mountain.

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    Quinta da Boa Vista

    3 reviews

    The Quinta da Boa Vista is a park area that includes the former Imperial residence (now the Museu Nacional). The Portugese Royal Family of Dom Joao VI, and Dom Pedro I lived here, as did the Brazilian King, Dom Pedro II (Abraham Lincoln once said that Dom Pedro was the foreign ruler that he most wanted to meet).

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    Paço Imperial

    3 reviews

    Paco Imperial was built in 1746 to house the Portugese Governor General and the Royal Mint. When Napoleon invaded and occupied Portugal in 1808, the Portugese Royal family, along with 10 thousand aristocrats boarded boats and left for Brazil. The Paco Imperial then became the royal residence for the Portugese King.

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    Museu Histórico Nacional

    4 reviews

    This is Rio's largest museum with over 300 thousand items on display. It covers the Pre-Columbian period all the way up to the present day. It is definitly worth a visit.

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    Escadaria de Selarón

    9 reviews

    separe no minino 2h para curti essa obra de arte dadaista, cubista, modernista, surealista, ...ista, ...ista

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    Santa Luzia Meteorite

    2 reviews

    The Santa Luzia Meteorite hit Rio de Janeiro in 1922. It is publically displayed inside the Fortaleza de Copacabana.

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    Fundição Progresso

    4 reviews

    The old foundry was opened at the turn of the 20th century. It is one of those interesting landmarks in Lapa.

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    Real Gabinete Português de Leitura

    2 reviews

    Go ahead, step into this library! It is amazing!! So many floors and so many books!

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    Old Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro

    3 reviews

    Built in the mid 18th century, it was Rio's Cathedral from 1808 to 1976 and is oftentimes referred to as Antigua Sa (Old Cathedral). The Antigua Sa at one time served as the Royal Chapel. King Joao VI of Portugal consecrated this Cathedral in 1816, and his son Dom Pedro I married Napoleons' sister-in-law, Princess Leopoldina of Austria in this ...

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    Museu Nacional de Belas Artes

    2 reviews

    This museum contains over twenty-thousand pieces of art from the 17th to the 19th centuries. It was at one time home to the Brazilian Academy of Fine Arts.

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    Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro

    9 reviews

    This theater was build by a Rio mayor who decided to make the city look more European and built all these constructions that make downtown look like you're in Europe. The municipal theater sits at Cinelandia square and it's newly restored. You can take guided tours inside which start at every hour.

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    Christ the Redeemer

    82 reviews

    This iconic statue of Christ is the symbol of Rio De Janeiro, as it looks over this beautiful city with loving, open arms. It is impressive to come up here and see the tremendous view, and stand in the shadow of Christ the Redeemer. There are tours you can take to guide you up here and help you discern what ...

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    Ipanema Beach

    106 reviews

    Ipanema Beach isn't as wide either in sand or sidewalks as compared to Copacabana, but it makes up for it in being slightly more upscale. The surrounding neighborhood is a better living address that Copacabana, consequently the vibe is less frenetic than Copacabana, and with less sketchy characters. The Antonio Carlos Jobim song sung by Jaoa and Astrud Gilberto in ...

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    44 reviews

    A great section of the beach and the neighborhood with the best restaurants. It is also likely the safest area in Rio as well.

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    86 reviews

    Copacabana Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world. With it's wide white sands, volleyball nets, and Brazilieras swaying with the samba rhythms in their micro bikinis. The signature wide sidewalks, with the black and white tiles swirling in patterns that help mesmerize you to the charm that is Brazil and Rio De Janeiro, make strolling along ...

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    Maracanã Football Stadium

    19 reviews

    I went here to see a real futbol game and wasn't disappointed. Although the stadium was relatively empty, we sat next to a bunch of hardcore fans who literally did not stop playing for the entire game (they took a break at halftime). I had never seen flares or smoke bombs openly carried and lit in a stadium before. Our ...

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    Carioca Aqueduct

    35 reviews

    This aqueduct is the main landmark for the Lapa area of Rio. This area is an amazing street party location often filled with the music of bands and/or drums. There is a trolly line that goes from Santa Teresa down to Lapa and goes right across the top of the aqueduct. You can get off on the stop right before ...

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    Barra da Tijuca

    17 reviews

    The name Barra da Tijuca roughly translates as “Swamp Sandbank”. It is the youngest neighborhood of Rio, and has an enormous shopping mall consisting of over 700 stores.

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    Rio Pay Phones

    3 reviews

    While in Rio, prepare yourselves for the public pay phones that are prominently placed along the Rio beaches.

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    15 reviews

    Carnaval parade is filled with revelers, floats from numerous samba school which are located in Rio. I have danced samba in the middle of the Carnaval parade with the samba group called Portela in 2002. It was an amazing experience to be in the Carnaval or to watch the parades goes by.

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