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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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  • I don't even have words to talk about my most beloved place in Rio de Janeiro. With several bars and restaurants, Santa Teresa appeals to all kinds of people. I love to go on a Sunday afternoon, without haste and stop bars, sipping and watching life go by. A walk more than George.
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  • My fitness didn't allowed me to explore Santa Tereza rsrrssrsr. But, the little I've seen is quite interesting. Calls attention to the architecture of their homes and buildings. However, you need to have a little bit of caution, because the neighborhood is no longer so easy.
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  • I visited the Santa Teresa neighbourhood during the day and could prove some of its attractions, such as the cable car, the Park of the ruins, the architecture of the buildings/houses, the descent by Selaron staircase, as well as bars and restaurants are very pleasant, with varied menus and its charming shops. It takes fitness to explore its historic streets, with challenging climbs and descents, but worth knowing!
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