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Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro

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Santa Teresa is the name of a neighborhood in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is located on top of the Santa Teresa hill, by the centre of Rio, and is famous for its winding, narrow streets which are a favourite spot for artists and tourists.The neighborhood originated around the Santa Teresa Convent, built in the 1750s on the Desterro hill. At the end of the 19th and early 20th century it was an upper class borough, as testified by its many opulent villas. Santa Teresa ceased being an upper-class neighbourhood long ago, but it has been revived as a fashionable hotspot. It is home to several artists and art studios and galleries. The offer of restaurants and bars is also varied.One of Santa Teresa's most illustrious inhabitants was, an art collector who lived in his Chácara do Céu mansion in the neighborhood. The estate was turned into a museum (Museu da Chácara do Céu) and its exhibits include works by Matisse, Jean Metzinger, Eliseu Visconti, Di Cavalcanti, and Candido Portinari. It is located near the cultural center Parque das Ruínas. In 2006, some paintings were stolen, and have not yet been recovered.Another museum is the Museu do Bonde, which tells the history of the famous Santa Teresa Tram since its historic origins. A ride on the tram is a popular attraction among tourists. It sports crossing the old Carioca Aqueduct, going through picturesque streets of the Santa Teresa neighbourhood and wonderful views of the city downhill.
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  • Santa Teresa is a neighborhood full of charm, but would like to make a few observations: * come open-hearted and unprejudiced * one day is not enough to be in this neighborhood, so I recommend guest on site * walk through the village center and streets nearby * feel in one of several bars, have a drink and observe the movement of the city * walk to gondola * go to serginho's bar , have a cold beer and enjoy the delicious sandwiches * feijoada miner's bar is great * take lots of photographs Is very happy in this gorgeous neighborhood
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  • Discover this small neighborhood in the hills of Rio. Small shops and restaurants or going on the tram from the small art galleries. Neighborhood a little Bohemian houses colored in the craft industry where a shop sells shoes in pure latex super comfortable. The Lady speaks a little the french and very friendly and advises us on things to discover in the area. Including the Park of ruins a few minutes walk or you'll have a great view of rio.
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  • Must see! Santa teresa is a haven of peace and quiet, as frozen in time the buildings are beautiful, colorful and great architecture, the streetcar (bonde El) adds a charm to this place. Small shops are also colored. I recommend joining Lapa on foot or thanks to the bonde enjoy the view and the district
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