Sao Joao Batista Cemetery, Rio de Janeiro
(2.9/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web)
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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  • After 1 year without going almost don't recognize the cemetery is much more organized, clean in every way until the headstones
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  • The cemetery is not worshipped or treated well as the Recoleta cemetery and the Père-Lachaise Cemetery, but it's the lacal of rest end of a number of celebrities and famous characters. I saw many popular doing tributes. The late 19th-century constructions leaving the austere Recoleta cemetery look like a cramped location. Sad is to see many chapels of important families once (of Earls, Viscounts, barons, etc), on petition of misery. At the same time local treated as the Pantheon of the Brazilian Academy of letters or the memorial of the official military generals are present. A beautiful chapel of PMRJ (apparently to receive officers) is also present. You can visit the graves of historical figures as Santos Dumont, 5 former Presidents or Euclides da Cunha, or plots of celebrities such as Cazuza, Get-together or Costinha. Recommend a visit to anyone who likes graveyards.
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  • I live in Botafogo and sometimes walk through John the Baptist. Did this route this month. As well as the Recoleta cemetery in BA, several former Presidents are buried here. Tombs of famous as Cazuza, Tom Jobim, Carmen Miranda and others are also here. Highlights for the mausoleums of FEB, the GLA and the Santos Dumont.
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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.
  • Very interesting place showing the history of Rio in a different way.
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