Sao Joao Batista Cemetery, Rio de Janeiro

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Cemetery Tourist Spot
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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TripAdvisor
  • Last resting place for presidents, musicians etc. Approx 25 000 tombs and 65 000 bodies buried in beautiful tombs. Like walking in the museum of architecture from colonial time. Must see - choose not ...  more »
  • I could hardly believe what our guide was telling us: this beautiful cemetery with its amazing structures and sculptures was actually abandoned. Until recently. Now it is well kept up and treated like...  more »
  • Not as expansive or elaborate as Recoleta Cemetary in Buenos Aires, but impressive. Like a small city for the departed the cemetery is large and has people from all walks of life. There are some very ...  more »
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  • 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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  • Very interesting place showing the history of Rio in a different way.
  • 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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  • Admission is paid, due to be the resting place of numerous celebrities such as Cazuza, the maestro Tom Jobim. And is also an excellent copy of Tomb art.
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