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. Plan my Rio de Janeiro trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • My family has grave there and at least two times a year there. Funerary art is something beautiful if you view and little appreciated in Brazil. We have monuments, statues, Mausoleums, sculptures that are stunning and depict the seasons of their owners. The St. John the Baptist is an eclectic cemetery, where members of the nobility are buried in the Empire, politicians, artists, famous people, soldiers and the mausoleums of the main families in Rio and national institutions. Worth a visit, even more now under new management, with cleaning, safety and maintenance. A true book of our history of Brazil.
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  • If you do not have what to do and I'm around take a look. It's not an unforgettable ride but I can appreciate the works on the graves and realize the great difference between the old culture and the current. It would cost a fortune to make a work for on the tombstone of someone hj in day
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  • One of the most beautiful cemeteries in South America, it is worth visiting the artistic monuments to unveil their works of art and their stories. Go in the morning when the heat is less intense.
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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.
  • Beautiful Cemetery. An open-air museum. Super well taken care of. Staff polite and helpful. In this cemetery are buried many personalities from the political scenarios, military, scientific, artistic, educational .... Worth knowing. At the entrance if you ask have you provide a huge list of the location of the graves of the famous--such as Cazuza, Tom, Elke Maravilha, Santos Dumont, Maysa, Clara Nunes, Benjamin Constant, Mário Lago, Oscar Niemeyer ... the list is vast.
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  • Well located in the South zone of Rio de Janeiro, the CSJB has been well taken care of, its alleys, clean, allowing a safe visit, when not the ones who have departed, the burial vaults with sculptures and pictures of renowned artists.
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