Rio de Janeiro is the city of the great Carnival, of festivals of end of the world, samba and party. However, Rio is much more than a place with Carnival parades. With the spirit hot carioca culture but allegedly disciplined by the strokes of French architecture, there is a Rio de Janeiro no less wonderful, full of history.
In addition to parks, gardens and a Christ who opens the arms on the Corcovado, there is ‘old town’ with colonial roots that well worth getting to know.
How to get to the old town
A good way to get to the historical carioca from the Che Lagarto Ipanema hostel is to take one of the buses that connect with the metro line at any of the stops that are found on the coastal promenade. From Ipanema, it lasts ten minutes to station real vinicius de Moreas and something more than twenty to Uruguaiana stop, all for a single ticket from R$3.50. The metro will leave us minutes of this “river without beaches”, not by the less wonderful.
A bit of the history of Rio de Janeiro
Carioca capital historic preserves much of the history of this country. Capital of Brazil for centuries, a few minutes from the avenida Rio Branco, we can find some of the buildings with greater historical content and policy relevance.
It was at the end of 19th century and beginning of the 20th, when European fashions imposed the French pattern in uses, styles and customs, that the current historic centre began to leave in the past was what the past.
Colonial buildings, and the Paco Imperial, which had already given place to the arrival of the Portuguese court in 1808 reinvents it as the physical headquarters of the Crown, would share a day space with the Tiradentes Palace, headquarters of the carioca legislature raised in 1922 on the ruins of the demolished Cadeia Velha.
This tale of buildings rising where others fall not just in the last century. Administrative needs and the single routine of the city imposed the rhythm of banks and offices that is perceived between its streets narrow, so features that make colonial area. Doors, paving and corners are, today, the framework of meetings, working lunches and rounds of office workers who eat lunch at picturesque tables outdoors. There, very near the point where ever the Brazilians looked down boats to King John and his family.
Heart of times running and conservation that both did not is the Cultural Centre of Banco do Brazil, a complex of cinemas, theatres and galleries, recommended ride that helps us to understand, if this is possible at all in a country so vast, the place you are visiting.
When all ask for a break, the area invites to enjoy the small bars and “lanchonetes” (where after two and a half o’clock all food to the weight is usually cheaper), a shade that project history and the groves.
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