Historical Sights

Museu da República The former presidential palace has historical artifacts and an eerie room where one president died by suicide.

Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo da Antiga Sé Magnificently restored church where several Portuguese kings were crowned.

Museu do Índio A celebration of Brazil's indigenous culture, both past and present.

Pedra do Sal Celebrate samba in the open-air setting where the music was born in the heart of Brazil's former 'Little Africa.'

Museu Histórico Nacional The former colonial arsenal provides a fascinating glimpse of Rio's royal days.

Mosteiro de São Bento A gold-laden work of art, and one of Brazil's finest colonial churches.

Instituto de Pesquisa e Memória Presto Novos Learn about the tragic era of slavery in Brazil.