Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruínas, Rio de Janeiro

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From its vantage point atop a hill, you have captivating 360-degree views of Rio de Janeiro framed by the empty windows of the old house. Once the opulent residence of Laurinda Santos Lobo, the “Marchioness of Elegance”, Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruínas played host to the most fashionable social gatherings of the time, and, after major restoration work by award-winning architect Ernani Freire, is now a cultural center with an auditorium, gallery, outdoor stage, and its own calendar of interesting events. You can explore the three floors of the former mansion, now a fusion of original brickwork and modern iron structure, or enjoy a coffee in the lovely garden. Having lost none of its splendor, despite the years of abandonment and looting, Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruínas is considered one of the most stunning locations in the city. Plan your Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruínas visit and explore what else you can see and do in Rio de Janeiro using our Rio de Janeiro trip generator.
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  • The ruins bring an unique atmosphere to enjoy the view of Rio de Janeiro city and also a bit of Niterói. A great place for couples, families and solo.  more »
  • An old house was let go to ruins, some new architects came in and redid it leaving the ruins in tact. They designed a spiral staircase which is worth the climb to be able to see the entire city in man...  more »
  • This ruined house is a real gem and when visiting it is very easy to imagine the social society of Rio coming here for parties, etc. The house has been made accessible without rebuilding the structure...  more »
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  • Really nice park with a bar and very good view over the city, took an uber there because way up from escalarias had warning signs about robberies in that streets.
  • Impecable view of the city, great options of Theatre to see, great cafe. Best to go on weekends.
  • Beautiful view, great place for theater and cultural events. Historical landmark, worth visiting. The house of Laurinda Santos Lobo (a high Society personality from the turn of the century). Hosted many events and parties. She inherited money from her uncle – it is speculated that they had an afair. She also financed many inventors, musicians and painters, including Santos Dumont, parallel inventor of the plain.
  • Located in Santa Teresa was the residence of the famous Patron of the Arts from the Rio Belle Époque Laurinda Santos and the best view of the Rio center.
  • Great to see an old icon protected from crumbling away. Love the peacefulness and tranquility of the sound scape winds within the building. Fantastic views of the city, Guanabara Bay and surrounding area.