Sao Joao Batista Cemetery, Rio de Janeiro

Carmen Miranda is just one of Brazil’s notable figures buried at Sao Joao Batista Cemetery, famous for its elaborate tombstones and sculptures. You can visit this private cemetery when you pass through the city’s Botafogo district. Rich and famous Brazilians have long built family mausoleums at this well-manicured graveyard, so locals now call it "the cemetery of the stars." Though the cemetery staff discourages visitors from photographing the tombstones, you can walk these tranquil paths filled with rich history of this country for hours. This site is off the beaten path and there are almost no official tours that come here. Make your own plans to spend a quiet afternoon in a historic place few other tourists ever get to see. Use our Rio de Janeiro trip generator to add Sao Joao Batista Cemetery and other attractions to your Rio de Janeiro vacation plans.
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  • May 27, 2017
    My future home is not a tourist attraction. We need to celebrate life, not death, it's inevitable for all of us.
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  • April 19, 2017
    It may seem masochistic but grateful that it's a very interesting ride due to the large collection of statue and beautiful monuments to the dead.
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  • March 13, 2017
    The graveyard is beautiful, with magnificent works with personalities of our cultural history as Carmen Mirando, Santos Dumont, Candido Portinari and a multitude of artists who were part of our lives at some point. As well as the cemetery of Buenos Aires, this is also recognized as landmark and much larger still. I don't particularly think this kind of funeral ride, we have to look with eyes more fleshed out for this type of tourism, because there rests our past.
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  • April 8, 2016
    Beautiful graves and crypts on a hill side that make for interesting photos. The neighbourhood is a bit sketchy, so be careful walking here.
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  • September 12, 2013
    Very interesting place showing the history of Rio in a different way.
  • July 23, 2017
    Big cemetery space, however a real open air museum with sculptures, phenomenal. Location up to which is well maintained and large square area. It's worth visiting this beautiful location.
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  • May 2, 2017
    Different from what they say, admission is free. Many mausoleums of architecture and sculptures to admire. Is immense. An application helps you find the biography of illustrious were buried there. Missed a printed Guide to help find them. But, as in any major city, you have to go.
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