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Address: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20010-010, Brazil
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Former Heart of Empire Close to Cardiac Arrest

There was a time when Praca XV was at the heart of a powerful and progressive empire, the center of pomp and pageantry. Now it's so deteriorated that it will be hard to... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 July 2015
Vincent M
New Orleans, Louisiana
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2015

There was a time when Praca XV was at the heart of a powerful and progressive empire, the center of pomp and pageantry. Now it's so deteriorated that it will be hard to resuscitate. A revitalization is possible, but seems implausible. A pair of important complexes face the square: the Carmelite churches and the Paco Imperial. But there are aging,... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2015

This square was much quieter than Cinelândia and Largo da Carioca, both of which were near the major subway stations. It was rather peaceful because of many trees in the square. It’s amazing to know how a garbage disposal site was transformed into a historically significant square and used for the coronation of Brazil's two Emperors (Pedro I and Pedro... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2013

Saturday mornings. The most bargain-possible location in the whole of Rio. You can find that long, lost, left shoe lace or 17th century Portuguese Faiana pottery piece being sold side by side. Don't miss it! Snooze you lose...

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Rio de Janeiro
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2013

Great place to have lunch and seize the view of Guanabara Bay. The ancient restaurant ALBAMAR, good food, but the most is the view.

1 Thank RNaar_13
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2013

The place is under repair due to Olympic games. it is still dirty and dark. restauration is in progress.

1 Thank CarmemE
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2012

This place has its meaning for Brazil but... I wouldn´t recommend It for foreigners, this place is dangerous, lots of robbery...

1 Thank AlineRio
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2012

When the king of Portugal fled his country, afraid of Napoleon's might, he made this building (Paco Imperial) his home. Its a place filled with history and there is a small museum inside where you can read about the importance of the square and the building.

1 Thank Amanda_Mey
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2012

Excellent spot with lots of history - great little streets to walk into with outdoor restaurants - if you didn't know better you'd think you were transposed into some area of Portugal in summer with everyone enjoying good food and drinks while listening to live music!

1 Thank AlderleyEdgeTiger007
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2012

Many beggars, dirty smelly streets, dangerous at certain hours. Few attractions, tourist shops more expensive compared to other regions such as the Saara.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2012

But has a lovely book store and restaurant--- inside Poca (the old Colonial building) Get the ferry here.

1 Thank Worldexplorer2012Rio

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Downtown Rio is the place where this city was born. With modern skyscrapers sharing space with historical buildings and landmarks, this neighbourhood is living proof that the old and the new can live together harmoniously. As you would expect, downtown is where all major companies house their offices. However, the region isn’t restricted to businesses. Gems such like the “Paço Imperial,” which is a cultural centre that used to serve as a residence for governors of Brazil, can be found here. Pedra do Sal, a Monday night street party, is also in this neighbourhood. This landmark is the birthplace of samba and is famous for its “roda de sambas” (“dance circles”). Stop in for one and get closer to discovering where Brazilian happiness comes from.
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