Rio de Janeiro is famed for its natural beauty
, yet it doesn’t fail to inspire on an architectural level too. The buildings reflect a complex and rich history that left its mark in various architectural forms. Culture Trip explores some of the city’s most impressive buildings.
Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Glória do Outeiro
Standing on the top of a small hill in Gloria, the Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Glória do Outeiro is a tiny church more commonly referred to as the Igreja da Gloria (The Church of Gloria). It dates back to 1739 and is one of Brazil’s best examples of national colonial architecture. As well as the pretty façade of the church, the views overlooking Flamengo Park and Guanabara Bay give another reason to go there.
Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Glória do Outeiro, Praça Nossa Sra. da Glória, 26 – Glória, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 2225-2869
Museum of Tomorrow
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Museum of Tomorrow
The Museum of Tomorrow is one of the highlights in Rio’s recently transformed port area. Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, whose fondness for neo-futuristic styles is reflected in the buildings eye-catching enormous roof that juts out across the pier, designed the structure. The museum provides information about sustainability, climate change and future possibilities of our planet through a series of interactive and visual displays.
Museum of Tomorrow, 262gih, Praça Mauá, 1 – Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 3812-1800
Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum
One of Oscar Niemeyer’s finest works, the Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum attracts just as many visitors to see the exterior as it does those who want to go inside. The striking building, constructed in 1996, resembles a flying saucer with a curved concrete path winding around to the elevated entrance. A reflecting pool surrounds the base of the museum, adding another surrealist element.
Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum, Mirante da Boa Viagem, s/nº – Boa Viagem, Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 2620-2400
Palácio do Catete
Built in 1858, the Palácio do Catete is one of the region’s most inspiring buildings, with its pink granite and marble façade and lavishly decorated interior replete with paintings, sculptures and marble finishings that date back to the 19th and 20th centuries.
Palácio do Catete, R. do Catete, 153 – Catete, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 2127-0324