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Get to know Rio through its architecture

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This is an observation experience of the architectural evolution of Rio for over 100 years. Our 1st stop is a viewpoint on the rooftop of the "Museu de Arte do Rio" where we will talk about the history of Brazil. Then we'll start our walking by the Mauá Square. This Square is one of the regions with the greatest architectural variety in the city. After this, we will walk towards Cinelândia, a walk of approximately 2km, visiting buildings and discovering old 18th century churches hidden behind huge modern buildings! Cinelândia is another square full of historical examples of Brazilian architecture. It holds 5 of the 10 original buildings that remain from the opening of Rio Branco's Avenue in 1905. We'll explore their facades, their details and our last stop will be the Federal Justice Cultural Center. This building preserves an original court room from the beggining of the 20th century.
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Praça Mauá, 5
Praça Mauá, 5 - Saúde, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20081-240, BrazilOur meeting point is the entrance of the "MAR- Museu de Arte do Rio". The best option to reach the meeting point is by VLT, getting off at the "Parada dos Museus" station. It is also possible to reach on foot if you choose to go by subway, the nearest station is "Uruguaiana".
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  • 1
    Museu de Arte do Rio - MAR
    Stop: 20 minutes -
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  • 2
    Sao Bento Monastery
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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  • 3
    Central Bank of Brazil
    Stop: 5 minutes -
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  • 4
    Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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    Pass by Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro
    Pass by Irmandade de N.S. Mãe dos Homens
    Pass by Convent of St. Anthony (Convento do Santo Antonio)
  • 5
    The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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    Pass by National Library (Biblioteca Nacional)
    Pass by Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro
  • 6
    Centro Cultural Justica Federal
    Stop: 20 minutes -
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You'll end at
Av. Rio Branco, 241
Av. Rio Branco, 241 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20040-009, BrazilThe ends inside the Federal Justice Cultural Center at the Cinelândia Square.
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Departure Point
Praça Mauá, 5 - Saúde, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20081-240, Brazil
2h 30m
Return Details
Av. Rio Branco, 241 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20040-009, Brazil
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Vlad B wrote a review Oct 2019
Tel Aviv, Israel88 contributions25 helpful votes
Aline is A very professional guide, knowing exactly how to tell Rio’s story from the architectural perspective. She chose to show a great tapestry of intriguing buildings, was flexible and patient with my preferences. Amazing insider stuff with a wonderful kick-up start. I
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Date of experience: October 2019
Andrew B wrote a review Oct 2019
43 contributions13 helpful votes
My partner and I did the architect tour when we visiting Rio for our summer holiday. The guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the buildings in the old town which really brought it to life. We recommended the trip to other travellers we met on our trip who also
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Date of experience: August 2019
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  • Duration: 2h 30m
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  • Languages Offered: English, Portuguese
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