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. See Escadaria Selaron and all Rio de Janeiro has to offer by arranging your trip with our Rio de Janeiro trip maker tool .
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  • Interesting place to see some art! Fun with good prices the favors! Better to go in Group and in a few minutes enjoying everything! To take into account!
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  • Really, be smart and don't act like a Teletubbie exposing your wallet, camera or cellphone around this area. It is one of the most dangerous areas for tourists! It is beautiful but open your eyes at L...  more »
  • These are famous in Rio they are pretty and colourful and been in some famous music videos etc etc the man who done all the work was an artist from Chile he would give his art away for free if you did...  more »
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  • Very unique to this location. The area gets vary crowded so make sure you get there early. Parking around or nearby is also not so convenient. It is best to get here using the public metro network which is pretty good. Just be careful with your valuables when going around nearby streets. The steps themselves are very colorful, its a short steep climb but nothing too fascinating except for seeing a representation of many different cultures from around the world on a tile among the many steps.
  • The steps itself are awesome especially when you understand its history. Too bad the artist was killed and his body was found on the said steps. Now, be careful when going here. The neighborhood is SKETCHY to say the least. If you are traveling alone, make sure there are people around. Also, to beat the crowds go early like around 7am. I'm general, it is worth seeing but be careful.
  • A must visit place when you are in Rio. You can walk up and down the streets and admire the countless mosaics or you can visit one of the neighborhood bars/restaurants. It's a clearly unique and clearly "Carioca" place. Come here early and prepare to wait to get your photo taken as you will be in the company of many others like you :)
  • Cool place for tourists. The artwork is quite unique and it's interesting to look at everything as you walk up and down the stairs. While Rio is by no means the safest place on earth, I felt totally safe at the Lapa stairs.
  • I heard about the history and so on (Google it is interesting). However, when you get there is just a place with tiles... If you like colorful tiles that is the place for you. DO NOT GO THERE AT NIGHT. Is very dangerous., However, in day time you can see people staring at you but they wont do anything (it does not mean that you can go around with you watch on, showing you cameras/cellphones. If they find an opportunity they will use it). You can also see cops around but at night no one will be there to help you if something happens..
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