Castles, Palaces & Historic Buildings in Rio de Janeiro

Sandwiched between beautiful beaches and jungle-clad mountains, Rio de Janeiro castles, palaces and historic buildings are often overlooked by visitors to the city. However, these fascinating relics from Rio's colonial past are well worth seeking out, and make good rainy day options for those times when the beach just isn't an option. Centro and nearby Santa Teresa are the best places to see examples of historic architecture, as well as some extremely impressive religious buildings. Igreja da Candelaria, in Centro, and Igreja da Gloria, a five minute metro ride away, are both worthy of a visit to anyone with even the most casual interest in history and/or architecture. For those who can't bear to drag themselves too far from the sands, Fortaleza da Copacabana (Copacabana Fort) is handily located at the point where Copacabana and Ipanema beaches (nearly) meet, and is a good spot for families.

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Santa Teresa

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Ladeira de Santa Teresa

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Igreja da Candelária

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Praça Pio X

Magnificent, a landmark of Rio... read more

Igreja da Nossa Senhora da Glória do Outeiro

Ladeira Nossa Senhora da Glória
Glória

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Copacabana Fort

Praça Coronel Eugênio Franco 1
Copacabana

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Igreja da Penha

Lgo Penha, 19, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 21070-560, Brazil

Rua do Lavradio

Rua do Lavradio
Lapa

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Museu Histórico Nacional

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Praça Marechal Âncora s/n

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Teatro Municipal

Av. Rio Branco - Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil
Centro

Biblioteca Nacional

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Av. Rio Branco, 219
Centro

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Museu Casa de Benjamin Constant

Rua Monte Alegre 255

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