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About

The Centro neighbourhood is predominantly commercial with a mixture of historical buildings as well as modern skyscrapers. The historic and financial centre of the city has various landmarks, museums and impressive cathedrals well worth seeing. Check out the sights tab.

Other important historical attractions in downtown Rio include its Passeio Público, an 18th-century public garden, as well as the imposing arches of the Carioca Aqueduct. Downtown remains the heart of the city's business community. Some of the largest companies in Brazil have their head offices here, including Petrobras, Eletrobras, BNDES and Vale. Most of Rio's skyscrapers, especially the tallest ones, are located in this neighbourhood. Crowded from Monday to Friday during regular work hours, it becomes empty during the evening and on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays - AVOID going at when empty.

Getting There

There are many buses that go in central from all round Rio. Another option is to get the metro to Carioca station which is nearby. A quick google search of "getting to centro rio" will give you exact public transport directions from where you are. You can see Centro in the north-east of the map below.

Tourist map

Sights in Centro

The center of the city of Rio is full of beautiful churches, catherdrals, theaters and even nice green park areas. Here we break some down for you - Please note, we highly recommend checking out the sights of Centro in the daytime, on weekdays, as during weekends it can be almost empty and not very safe.

The Museum of Tomorrow

Museum of Tomorrow in Centro, Rio

Opened in December 2015, this hugely impressive, other-world looking construction looks set to become one of Rio's biggest tourist attractions. Check out our Museum of Tomorrow page for much more information.

Marechal Floriano Square

Marechal Floriano Square is the largest stage of the city, where several artistic and cultural events take place. It is also the city's historic center, with old time-resisting buildings. That is the case of São João Batista Church, Visconde de Itaboraí Palace (where the City Hall is), the City Council, and the Prison, all of them from the 19th century.

Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro

Muncipipal theater - ie. Rios Opera house. It's the country’s most emblematic theatre and is beautiful. It's a storied, Parisian-style theater from 1909 offering ballet & classical-music performances plus tours.

Teatro Municipal Rio de Janeiro

Catedral Metropolitana de São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro

This Distinctive, modern Catholic cathedral resembling a pyramid is definitely worth checking out, it was inaugurated in 1979 and stands 80 meters high, it can house around 20,000 people. The Sacred Art Museum and the Bank of Providence are also located here.

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Igreja Venerável Ordem Terceira São Francisco Penitência

Colonial-era church with extensive & ornate 18th-century gilded carvings throughout the interior.

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Parque Campo de Santana

Nice green park area in the concrete jungle of Rio.

Monumento Campo de Santana

Paço Imperial

The Paço Imperial, or Imperial Palace, previously known as the Royal Palace of Rio de Janeiro and Palace of the Viceroys, is a unusual historic building.

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Catedral Presbiteriana

A beautiful old catherdral, especially when lit at night

Catedral Presbiteriana, Rio de Janeiro

Candelária Church

The Candelária Church is an important historical Roman Catholic church built and decorated during a long period, from 1775 to the late 19th century.

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Top Tip - Safety Advice

Centro is very crowded from Monday to Friday during regular work hours, however it becomes empty during the evening and on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays - WE HIGHLY ADVISE NOT TO GO DURING THESE EMPTY TIMES, with no one about, it can be dangerous.

Top Tip - Safety Advice

Centro is very crowded from Monday to Friday during regular work hours, however it becomes empty during the evening and on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays - WE HIGHLY ADVISE NOT TO GO DURING THESE EMPTY TIMES, with no one about, it can be dangerous.


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