Escadaria Selaron, Rio de Janeiro

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See the world-renowned steps made by the Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón at Escadaria Selaron. Beginning in 1990, the artist started renovating the deteriorated steps in front of his house. What began as a project secondary to his passion for painting soon became the artist’s obsession. Climb the 125 m (410 ft) long staircase, with each unique step covered in colorful tiles, ceramics, or mirrors. Selarón lived in poor conditions, but spent all the money he earned from selling his paintings to continue his work. The generous artist's body was found on the steps 23 years after he vowed that his work wouldn’t be finished until he died. Make Escadaria Selaron a part of your Rio de Janeiro vacation plans using our Rio de Janeiro vacation trip planner.
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  • beautiful la, and a work of art, culture, increvil this work, without words to express job size, pure art, loved.
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  • This is definitely worth a stop in Rio! It's super crowded, and some people were rude about trying to get the perfect photo without other tourists in the background (impossible). However, the steps ar...  more »
  • The staircase is interesting for being too colorful. It seemed to me a place too much visited by tourists.
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  • These beautifully decorated stairs are well worth a visit. There are many unique tiles with themes from all over the world, so take your time to look at a few of them. It is quite crowded with tourists. Although it may sound more strenuous, you should walk it up (starting from the beach side), rather than down to see the tiles better.
  • It's actually a really nice place. Old neigborhood full of life. Night life around here is also an option. Take a look at the steps that Jorge Selaron created and then stop by a bar to have some food and drink. You will not be disapointed.
  • Where: Escadaria Selaron - Rio De Janeiro What: Decorated steps How was it: The steps were part of a personal project. Jorge Selaron, a Chilean born artist built this place one tile at a time. He tried to make this a better place and in our opinion was very successful. He was still alive when we went and we hoped to catch a glance. We were told that he would show up unannounced and make silly faces. Unfortunately we never saw him and found out that he passed away some years ago. His memory and legacy will live on. Such a nice place to visit. Grade: Eli = 5, Serge = 5+ Recommend: Yes, it's really cool to visit this place !
  • Amazing street art/intervention from late "intuitive" Chilean born Selarón, who, after some love trauma (there is always a pregnant black women on his paintings) began tilling (and retilling) this staircase with whatever he scrapped. The Gaudì-esque staircase was set to one "Hulk" movie and tons of videos, such as Snoopie Dog and Rihana.
  • There are not enough words to describe the sheer scale of this incredible staircase. I was flooded with emotion at the small and large scenes depicted. Such a treasure, and such an honor to visit. The vibe at the staircase was very inclusive.