Parque das Ruinas – Exploring in Rio de Janeiro

In Rio’s Santa Teresa neighborhood, beautiful turn of the 20th century homes and mansions are scattered over the hillside. Sitting above them all is the ruined neocolonial mansion of heiress and socialite Laurinda Santos Lobo. Her parties were legendary and her guest lists included the most famous artists and celebrities of her day. Her beautiful home was sadly neglected after her death in 1946, vandals reduced the home to ruins. In 1996 the city had the vision to turn the mansion and its grounds into a public park. Architects Ernani Freire and Sonia Lopes incorporated neomodernist elements with the old neocolonial shell to create a wonderfully unique space for cultural events – and the panoramic views of Guanabara Bay, Pão de Açúcar, and Rio from the old mansion’s rooftop are fabulous!

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Fun sculptures are on display throughout the house and grounds.

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The Guardians

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Hang in there.

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Guanabara Bay and Pão de Açúcar

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The Metropolitan Cathedral, Petrobras Headquarters and Lapa’s Aqueduct (Arcos da Lapa)

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Bottle Trees

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People of Rio Photography exhibit

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🙂 I have a video of this street performer doing his samba routine in Leblon.

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My friends and the Bondi mural.

From Parque das Ruinas, we walked down the hill to the little business area of Santa Teresa to poke around in the artsy stores and have some lunch. Santa Teresa’s quirky, beatnik, bohemian vibe makes it one of my favorite Rio neighborhoods.

 

 

 

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