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The mosaic sidewalks along Boulevard 28 de Setembro between Praça Maracanã and Praça Barão de Drummond are musical staves.
The mosaic sidewalks along Boulevard 28 de Setembro between Praça Maracanã and Praça Barão de Drummond are musical staves. Written in the stones are 20 complete musical works, including tunes by Ary Barroso, Martinho da Vila, Almirante, Noel Rosa, and other famous Brazilian composers who frequented Vila Isabel back in its Bohemian heyday. Also check out the famous sculpture of Noel Rosa on this street at the entrance to the bairro.
Once the world's highest capacity football venue, it was able to hold nearly 200,000 people
The 55-hectare Grajau State Park within Tijuca Forest preserves some of the original Atlantic forest and is home to a wide range of species including marmosets, bush dogs, guinea pigs, parakeets, vultures, and hawks
If you won't be making it to the Amazon or the Pantanal, the Rio de Janeiro Zoo is a good place to see some of Brazil's more exotic creatures as well as species from around the world
The National Museum in Paço de São Cristóvão (Palace of Saint Christopher) is Brazil's natural history museum, exhibiting dinosaur fossils, mounted animals and insects, minerals, and meteorites, as well as archaeological artifacts and aboriginal utensils
The Museu do Primeiro Reinado or Museum of the First Reign is dedicated to the reign of Emperor Pedro I (1822-1831)
Also has an observatory
Site of the famous Rio Carnival parades, the Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí is a 700 metre long street flanked by grandstands and VIP boxes
The Train Museum has a modest collection of 19th century engines, train cars used by emperors and presidents, and streetcars
Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, known by its nickname of Engenhão, is a soccer stadium that was built for the Pan-American Games of 2007
The small Tram Museum has photos of and artifacts from the glory days when trams were all over Rio, including some models of old tramcars and lots of electrical equipment