Walking Among Angels at Rio’s Cemitério de São João Batista

I find cemeteries excellent places to reflect and appreciate life, especially ones as beautiful as Cemitério de São João Batista in Rio’s Botafogo neighborhood. It’s an open-air museum of art, architecture, love and remembrance with a backdrop of colorful favelas and Rio’s iconic Corcovado mountain. Inaugurated by Dom Pedro II (last ruler of the Empire of Brazil) in 1852, many of Rio’s wealthy and famous are buried here. The cemetery is very well kept and we felt perfectly safe exploring.

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