Sambodromo da Marques de Sapucai, Rio de Janeiro

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The Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí is a purpose-built parade area built for the Rio Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The venue is also known as Passarela Professor Darcy Ribeiro or simply the Sambódromo in Portuguese or Sambadrome in English. It is located in the downtown area of Cidade Nova in Rio de Janeiro, and is the place where samba schools parade competitively each year during the Rio Carnival. The parades attract many thousands of Brazilians and foreign tourists each year, and the structure is also used as a multi-purpose performance venue. The structures of the Sambadrome were designed by the architect Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012), and represent his first major work after the end of the Brazilian dictatorship of 1964-1985.HistoryThe Sambódromo was commissioned in 1983 and completed in 1984. It is one of two works designed by Oscar Niemeyer upon his return to Brazil after exile during the Brazilian dictatorship of 1964-1985. The democratic election of regional governors, notably in the state of Rio de Janeiro in 1982, signaled a return to civilian rule and renewed work for artists whose work was suppressed by the regime. Governor Leonel Brizola, a longtime Niemeyer associate, commissioned the Sambradrome to reflect socialismo moreno, or multicultural socialism. Niemeyer worked closely with vice-governor Darcy Ribeiro (1922-1997), a Brazilian anthropologist, on the location and building concept. The Sambadrome was not only to function as the centerpiece of the Rio Carnival, but also house a primary school with 115 classrooms underneath the bleachers of the structure. Niemeyers's Praça da Apoteose (Apotheosis Square), a 90m trilegged arch, became a noted symbol of the Rio Carnival.
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  • I was here for the Carnival to the parade of the "special groups" I have no words to describe the beauty and magic of the place. Not to be missed during the Carnival in Rio is to book with broad advance to order tickets to cost and accessible. Absolutely worth the money
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  • Spend the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is synonymous with traverse street blocks, attend dances at clubs and visit the apotheosis of samba. Where happen the parades of the samba schools of the special group of Rio Carnival, one of the greatest cultural spectacles on the planet. There's no way to resist the batteries: Invoked and angry, what's not to be charmed by the muses and Queens representing associations, can not help but be moved by the lyrics of the most renowned contemporary interpreters and anyway don't impact with allegories, wards choreographed, and the famous stuff. Exquisite spectacle.
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  • Really a great spectacle, pure emotion, the battery does press the heart. Not to be missed!! Important to go with a transport scheme well Programmed, because outside the sambodromo is sinister. In the case we went with teenage kids and my concern was the logistics of arriving and leaving. Close a package in folia Tropical with transfer and it was all wonderful and safe.
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  • One of the best and most authentic experiences of the Brazilian culture. You MUST see the Sambadrome/Samba school performance during Carnival. It's about a six hour event - long, but enchanting. I was surprised to learn it starts around 9pm and goes through the morning until about 4 or 5am. Prepare for a late but well worth it evening. This venue is not easy to get in or out of, so prepare for extra time. We heard its ass-to-ass bleacher seating, so we spent a few hundred dollars for a VIP experience that included suite seating, unlimited food/drink and vendor experiences (we got our hair/make up done). Well worth it.
  • This is one of the world's largest stadiums holding 70000 spectators. During Carnival, it is transformed into a magical intense parade route. Thousands of samba school dancers parade down the middle of this stadium in waves of dancers and spectacular floats during the two nights of Carnival. This is a must on anyones bucket list. To experience Carnival in Rio at the Sambadrome is amazing!
  • This was one of the most spectacular performances I have seen. Get there early because seats fill up fast. We were there from 6:30pm to 6:30am. Non stop Samba dancing for 12 hours. By the end you will be tired, but very pleased
  • It has an easy access by subway and it's a good place for shows.
  • We bought some tickets for Monday Carnival. It is a great place to see the parade of the different city schools showing their fantasies. Great atmosphere and much better experience than expected. I recommend to go there during presentations if you have the opportunity.

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