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Tiradentes Palace

Tiradentes Palace

The Palace of Tiradentes is the building that was occupied by the National Congress of Brazil (1926-1960) until the National Congress was moved to Brasilia. Currently the building is used by the Legislative Assembly of the State of Rio de Janeiro.

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Sugarloaf Mountain

View from Sugar-loaf Mountain

The Sugar loaf mountain is among the most famous icons of Rio de Janeiro. With an easy access from nearby Copacabana or Ipanema, an obligatory stop for first time visitors to Rio de Janeiro.

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Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa

One of the most charming neighborhoods of the city, showing to the Brazilians as well as the foreigners that it is possible to maintain a rural place in the midst of a big metropolitan city. The residents still known each other and the sights and attractions in Santa Teresa are endless. There are no traffic lights, the buildings have no garage and there is not one gas station to be found in the whole neighborhood. 
All buildings are considered historical heritage. Many foreigners want to settle in this neighborhood where the climate and the atmosphere resemble the one from southern Europe. As there are more than 70 workshops, the neighborhood is crowded with artists, craftsmen and musicians. 
One of the charms is the cable car (Bonde) which passes over the aqueduct of Lapa. Not only famous but also one of the cheapest means of transportation in the city! The name given to the cable car on itself is an interesting curiosity, when they inaugurated the cable cars in 1879, the value of a ticket was "200 Reis", and there was no equivalent for that value in the existing ballots or currency. So the company of the cable cars issued a kind of coupon or voucher. These vouchers were printed in the U.S.A. and so the people started using the name "Bonds" (Bonus, Action).

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Opera House

Opera House

At Cinelandia, near the National Library, the National Museum of Fine Arts and the Pedro Ernesto Palace, the Municipal Theater draws attention not only for its architectural design but also by the magnificence of its facade and the beauty of its interior. The noble materials used in the construction, such as marble from Carrera, bronze, onyx, mirrors, furniture, together with the paintings and the sculptures and with a capacity of 2,200 people makes this theater a veritable temple of culture.

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Paquetá Island

Paquetá Island

Paquetá Island is an island in the Guanabara Bay and is a district of Rio de Janeiro city. The name of the island was already given by the Tupi tribes. The meaning of the name itself is still open for discussion, some say it means "many shells", a reference to the plentiful shells on the island's beaches, others say it comes from a small rodent "cuniculus paca" that was found present on the island. Cars are not allowed on the island.

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Maracanã Stadium

The Mario Filho stadium

The Maracanã stadium was one of the largest soccer temples of the world with a capacity that neared the 200,000. This number is much lower these days because of security issues and the stadium also became an all-seater. But the stadium still is a big attraction for soccer fans all over the world. A visit to the stadium will leave an impression. One of the places you just have to visit if you're passing by in Rio de Janeiro ! After a complete stop of the activities of FIFA during the turbulent years of the second World War, Jules Rimet took initiative in 1946 to startup the competition again. Brazil was the only candidate to host the World cup of 1950 and so Brazil decided to build a Super Stadium. Two architects - Raphaël Galvão and Pedro Paulo Bernardes Bastos - were put to work to draw up the world's largest stadium (at that time).

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