Praça Quinze de Novembro,
Rio de Janeiro

The Fifteenth November Square is the historic centre of Rio de Janeiro. Going for a wander around the plaça will reveal lots of historical buildings and monuments which were built during the colonial period and so if you want to learn about the city’s history, this is the place to go.

Some of the main attractions in this area are the National Library which is the largest in South America; the Municipal Theatre, dating from the 20th century and the Fine Arts Museum. You should also visit the San Bento Monastery, a monument which was built in 17th century and is one of the best examples of baroque art in the city and this can be contrasted with the modern Metropolitan Cathedral which dates from 1976.

The Imperial Palace is a monument which rises up to meet the skyline in this square and it is the old Viceroy Palace of Brazil which has been converted into a cultural centre with a library, art exhibition and theatre-yet another reason to go and visit.

It is best to visit the historic centre of Rio de Janeiro by day during the week as this is when you can make the most of the atmosphere in the area. It is deserted from 6 p.m. in the evening and on bank holidays which makes it quite a dangerous place for tourists at these times.

Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide

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