Praça Tiradentes


20010-010 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Dominated by the imposing Palácio Tiradentes, this bustling city centre square is a popular gathering point during Rio Carnival as well as the open air venue for occasional live music performances and politically-charged meetings. The palace and square are named in honor of an 18th Century Brazilian dentist turned revolutionary leader (Tiradentes translates, literally, as 'toothpuller''), who was betrayed by a co-conspiritor and hung in this very square. Although care still needs to be taken at night, the once-dilapidated area is now being given a second lease of life through local government investment and a number of new bar and restaurant openings in the area.


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