Escadaria Selaron, Rio de Janeiro

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Admire the colors and shapes of broken glass and ceramics built into Escadaria Selaron, a set of artistically renovated steps straddling Lapa and Santa Teresa neighborhoods. These 215 steps stretched over 125 m (410 ft) feature an explosion of colors built into mosaics by a Chilean-born artist. One of the most charming attractions of Rio de Janeiro, the steps have over 2,000 tiles. The author Jorge Selaron, a painter and sculptor, began the project in 1990 by renovating the dilapidated steps outside his house. Make Escadaria Selaron a part of your Rio de Janeiro vacation plans using our Rio de Janeiro vacation trip planner.
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  • Original and colorful are the steps of Selarón, a short journey but with anecdotes and ideal for Bohemians and curious details. Finishing in the convent of Santa Teresa. (Although it can not be entered) In the old district of Lapa, where everything is as a move to fine time Brazilian films, or Portugal, houses with baroque balconies, colorful postcards Street stoned, this aqueduct... and m the great modern Cathedral. All together, all around. ... Worth going around it and climb the stairs of the ESCADARIA SELARÓN.
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  • I love! Hyper colorful, leave some fabulous pictures. I read and it is a Chilean artist selarón who settled in river and devoted himself to be progressively changing the decoration until they found him dead in the staircase a few years ago.
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  • Giant staircase with murals of tiles of all types! The sides have walls decorated completely. Filling your eyes! The night still has the lively night of Lapa.
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  • It's beautiful looking, and a cool concept with a rich interesting history. But at the end of the day it's just a pretty staircase. The surrounding neighborhood feels a little intimidating if you're a foreigner, and it's a bit out of the way. Good photo opportunities.
  • I have so much love for this place. The quality of work that went into the steps. I respect the person responsible. Lovely and colourful event happening here. It's a must visit for anyone in Brazil. Easy to get here by buses and quite affordable. Wear flag shoes. It's a bit of a walk.
  • Unique in the world, this stairs were covered in mozaic by Selaron, a charismatic artist who died a few years ago. The stairs host some musicians, some youngsters smoke joints here, some lovers come to kiss, the atmosphere is romantic and playful at the same time. Can't miss it for the world!
  • The story behind this work of art is itself so beautiful that makes the visit all worthwhile. Make sure to pay attention to each tile if you can and you will understand how important this monument is. Truly remarkable. Just don't go up too late at night and don't mind the odd pot smoker.
  • I loved this place! Is a huge mosaic of Seleron! There are a lot of people and you have to be alert to win a turn and take a photo on the stairs. It is advisable to go in hours where there are sun and people.