By Carolina Vergara @carojournalist
The center of Rio de Janeiro has many tourist attractions and has one of the most beautiful architecture in the region. As in a labyrinth, I began to discover beautiful places, such as the post office, the Municipal Theater, the Banco do Brasil Cultural Center (which at that time had a free exhibition of Erwin Wurm) and the majestic Church of Our Lady of Candelaria.
All the attractions in the city center are walking distance. You can also walk to the Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, which is a monumental construction of peculiar conical pyramidal shape, which makes it unique for its impressive stained glass windows. After visiting the cathedral you can walk to the Aqueduto da Carioca or as the Cariocas call it, Arcos da Lapa, which was built in the middle of the 18th century to bring fresh water from the Rio Carioca to the town's population and about three blocks from the Arcas da Lapa is the Escadaria Selarón.
The Escadaria Selarón is the most famous staircase in Rio de Janeiro, it is the work of the Chilean artist, Jorge Selarón, who pointed out that it was a tribute to the people of Brazil. The staircase has 215 steps, covered with tiles that goes up from Lapa to the Convent of Santa Teresa. At the beginning Selarón used the colors of the Brazilian flag, green, yellow and blue but his work took a new momentum when in a store he found tiles from all over the world. It became a "living and mutant work". Unfortunately, his work stopped in January 2013 when the artist was found dead in his masterpiece.
One day I was walking through the city center of Rio de Janeiro and was on Praça XV and I saw the boats leaving for Niterói. Without thinking twice, I bought the tickets (R $ 5.90 each) and I ran up to the ferry. The trip is nice since you are seeing Rio from the sea and how it approaches the city of Niterói. The trip is about 15 minutes and when I arrived in Niterói I did not know what to do. I remembered that I had gone on my previous trip but I had no memories of the city, it was almost like I had amnesia. I saw in a photo that the Museum of Contemporary Art looks like a spaceship, so I looked for a map and walked there.
I went along the coast, a bit lost and scared, but when I arrived at Milton Tavares de Souza Avenue, I saw the best view of Rio de Janeiro. Ideal for taking pictures. Really wonderful sight. Walking from the center to the Museum is about 40 minutes.
The Museum of Contemporary Art - MAC Niterói, symbol of the city, was designed by the well-known Brazilian architect of the modern movement Oscar Niemeyer. The MAC was one of his last works.
The entrance to the museum costs R $10.00 and although the works on display, at that time, were not many, its cylindrical base that in the words of Niemeyer is "like a flower" is really impressive.
After visiting I went walking through different streets and arrived downtown, where I entered a shopping center that has very nice shops and I found some very cute things. (It must be said that the clothes made in Brazil are really beautiful)
It really is worth going to Niterói.
Murals of Kobra in Parada do Navios.
The murals by the Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra can be seen between the Art Museum of Rio and the AquaRio. The murals, full of bold colors and lines, highlight the faithful kaleidoscope theme of his art. The mural is called "We are all Um (Etnias)", held in 2016 in the framework of the Olympic Games that took place in Rio de Janeiro.
Inspired by a message of unity, Kobra decided to gather representatives of five tribes, from each continent. The "Huli" (Oceania), "Mursi" (Africa), "Kayin" (Asia), "Supi" (Europe) and the "Tapajós" (America), which are the protagonists of this immense 3,000-meter mural long.
It is the largest graffiti on the planet and has a Guinness record.
It is not far from the city center so you can walk or take the VLT and get off at Parada dos Navios.
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