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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  • We did the full day tour and this place is displayed. It is as it says the title, just to know and imagine what must be in Carnival.
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  • To me, this is a separate Temple of music ... close to praça onze blocked off a street in a place they like, the stands around the simple but effective activity without seeing the place Rio been run out of the place I mean.. now I'm in heaven ...
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  • It is part of the route; but what is good is to go on Carnival ponerce a fantasy and sambar! .. .but does not have much to say. There is a Museum of the Carnival that is not currently working. Do not charge entry to the Sambadrome is just a street.
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  • Speechless... probably it's because I've been there with 0 expectations but it was one of my best moment in my life. Music, dancing, colors, lights, people, everything perfect. It was one of my 100 to do list and I guess it should be part of any list of anyone. One per life... guys... do not miss it...
  • Absolutely amazing. Change your sleep schedule before you attend this event as the party lasts until dawn. Total sensory overload for the entire event. A must see during Carnival.
  • Gigantic purpose-built venue for the crowning jewel of Rio's Carnaval season, the Sambadrome offers great views of both the event itself as well as the surrounding natural beauty. 2 hours before the parades are due to start, all the food stands and bars open for business, and remain open for the majority of the night. A word of warning: the general seating areas are a) Unmarked and b) Not cushioned. Arrive early to bag a good seat and bring something soft to sit on. Street vendors outside the venue can be found selling items that will make sitting on bare breeze-block a little easier.
  • Make sure to know where your entrance is!! Don't make our mistake, to walk from section 2 to 7 took almost 45 minutes of very confusing and unmarked walking! My little Spanish (similar to Portuguese to crudely understand) saved us otherwise we would have been completely lost!!
  • Samba and good time. Amazing choreography, music, costumes and show. I attended on 2018 and 2016, both times on Sunday for Grupos Especial. Planning to go again in the future. A show that must be experienced live. Tickets could be bought also on the street but be carefull. Leaving the area by car (uber or taxi) could be difficult since most of the streets are closed for the event. Walking the area to find a open street could be un-safe, despite many police agents watching the surroundings.
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