Cinelândia

An important plaza to visit in Rio de Janeiro’s city center is Cinelândia. The official name of the square is Praça Floriano Peixoto, who has a monument dedicated to him in the center of the square.

Cinelândia in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Cinelândia

Floriano Peixoto monument in Cinelândia in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Floriano Peixoto monument

This plaza was nicknamed Cinelândia because it had several historic theaters spring up around it. The most famous is Theatro Municipal. It was built in 1905 and holds the city ballet, opera, and orchestra.

Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Theatro Municipal

Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Theatro Municipal

The theatre is luxurious both inside and out. It’s considered to be among the most stunning theatres in Brazil.

Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Theatro Municipal

Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Theatro Municipal

Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Theatro Municipal

Other prominent buildings on the plaza include the Palácio Pedro Ernesto (Rio de Janeiro city hall) and Biblioteca Nacional, the largest library in Latin America and the 7th largest in the world. It was established in 1810. There’s also the Centro Cultural de Justiça Federal (courthouse) and the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes (Fine Arts Museum).

Palácio Pedro Ernesto in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Palácio Pedro Ernesto

Biblioteca Nacional in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Biblioteca Nacional

Centro Cultural de Justiça Federal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Centro Cultural de Justiça Federal

Besides the historic buildings, the plaza is also a great place for people watching. There was a book fair taking place when I visited.

Book fair at Cinelândia in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Book fair

Cinelândia in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Cinelândia

Note: The only time you should visit this area is during the weekdays. Nights and weekends are absolutely off limits. Nobody lives in this area and it is not safe to be there alone. You should also be aware of your surroundings and be very careful with valuables.

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