Rio de Janeiro is perhaps best known for the Statue of Christ the Redeemer, standing above the city overlooking the activity below. But there is much more to this great town. Here is a guide to five of the most inspiring buildings Rio de Janeiro has to offer.
This small island is home to a magnificent castle that looks like it’s been conjured right out of an old fairy tale. Located next to the historic city center, it is famous for hosting the last big party of the Empire before the Republic declared independence in 1889.
Sao Francisco de Paula Church
Not only is this church remarkable for its arresting colonial exterior and ornate interior, but it testifies to 500 years of Brazilian history. Mass was celebrated here in 1833 following the country’s conversion from colony to kingdom in 1822.
Igreja São José
This cathedral is one of the most stunning architectural feats Rio de Janeiro has to offer. The meandering vaulted ceilings and sensuous statues create the feeling that you are somewhere magical.
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil
Located in a great art deco style building in the old financial district, the Centro Cultural Banco de Brasil consists of three theatres, a library, exhibition rooms, and a cinema devoted to the cultural life of the city.
Cidade das Artes
This stylish modern structure designed by acclaimed French architect Christian Portzamparc opened in 2013. Its angular walls and spacious halls present the best of local culture and its culinary delights.