Rio Centro

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Centro is a concentration of eclectic architecture and urbanism, where Neoclassical, colonial, Art deco and Rio's modern skyscrapers rub shoulders in narrow streets and wide avenues. Bustling with business men and women during the week, but deserted at the weekends, the district is gradually acquiring a cultural vocation, in particular, with the inauguration of the museums of Praça Mauá, MAR (Museu de Arte do Rio) and the Museu do Amanhã.

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The historic treasures of Rio’s Centro

The Centro quarter is the financial heart of Rio de Janeiro, and has a rich cultural heritage as well. The splendid Theatro Municipal, the fabulous National Library, the posh hotels and lovely churches lining the large squares all take us on a historic tour of the country’s former capital, from its colonial past to independence.
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A visit to the Pavão-Pavãozinho favela

Not many people think about striking out into Rio’s favelas. But despite the reputation of these underprivileged districts, some of them can be visited quite easily, like Pavão-Pavãozinho, which is just behind the Copacabana beach. Houses piled up on top of each other, walls painted in different colours or decorated by graffiti artists, samba dancers, aspiring footballers, good times and community spirit: this is the people’s Brazil.
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