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  • Address: Praça Quinze de Novembro, s/n - Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil 20010-000, Brazil

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Praca Quinze Tours

Standing in the center of Praca Quinze is a way to literally and symbolically stand at the center of Brazilian history. It was here that Brazil declared itself a republic in 1822, and here that Pedro and Pedro II were coronated as emperors. It’s where slavery was abolished in modern Brazil, and where Carmelite convents and churches were erected as far back as 1590. It’s the heart of the city’s historic district, and when the city was only accessible by boat, was the first place that travelers would see the moment they stepped foot in Rio. Today, while much of Rio’s more popular sights have moved to the southern beaches, the Praca Quinze continues to exude a classic, colonial charm. Stroll past the former city cathedral and famous Arco dos Teles, and admire the Corinthian columns rising in front of Tiradentes Palace. This site also houses the Paço Imperial that served as a Brazilian political center for 150 years, and is constantly abuzz with the comings and goings of passengers riding the ferry. When spending a day in downtown Rio, Praca Quinze is the place to start a historical tour on foot, and while the square no longer exudes the grandeur it did in the 1800s, it’s still in many ways the beating heart of Rio de Janeiro.

Practical Info

Direct buses run from popular beaches including Copacabana and Ipanema. The closest metro station is Carioca, or you can also exit at Uruguiana and pass by Candelaria Church on the short walk down to the square. It’s also easily accessible by ferry, as the boat to Niteroi or Paqueta Island docks at the terminal nearby. 

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Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Walking Tour, Rio de Janeiro, null
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Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 71 Reviews

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Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Downtown Rio de Janeiro Walking Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Walking Tours
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Downtown Rio de Janeiro Walking Tour

Enjoy a unique walking tour for history and architecture lovers. Discover Rio in an alternative way, using the subway, and walking through the downtown. Visit ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Private Tour: Ancient Rio and Santa Teresa Tour, Rio de Janeiro, City Tours
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Private Tour: Ancient Rio and Santa Teresa Tour

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Enjoy a private, guided tour of Santa Teresa in Rio de Janeiro. See this great neighborhood accompanied by your guide and go on a trip to the past as you also ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Rio Walking Tour with More Than 15 Attractions, Rio de Janeiro, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Rio Walking Tour with More Than 15 Attractions

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Walking tour in Rio de Janeiro by subway. Small groups, learn more about Rio with a "Carioca Tour Guide" - Cultural, Historical Tour. Visit the main ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $44.99

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