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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  • August 3, 2017
    He was part of a tour around the city, and while it is an attraction, void is not a big deal. Although full and in full Carnival should be a party worthy of witnessing
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  • July 29, 2017
    There's nothing special, except for the possibility of taking photos with Carnival clothes. It is something that one can spend a few minutes if it is close, don't need a special visit to see him... It is interesting to see the structure but not much more...
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  • July 29, 2017
    The Sambadrome is giant, huge, bottom Brazilian favelas-during our visit was preparing for the Carnival-you can rent a costume and feel part of it. Although out of season is not the same that in the Carnival, you can meet and enjoy its Majesty. I'd like to meet him at the Carnival. Although it is an emblematic of Brazil, I do not consider a compulsory visit in Rio, except you're in full Carnival.
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  • December 17, 2016
    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.
  • March 17, 2017
    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
  • March 24, 2017
    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!
  • March 3, 2017
    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.
  • June 13, 2017
    “biggest carnaval in the world” so excited to be here during carnaval, nobody ,no video , no photo can describe how it feels to be in the sambodrome ,you gotta experience it by yourself

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