Arco do Teles
Arco do Teles
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Centro
Downtown Rio is the place where this city was born. With modern skyscrapers sharing space with historical buildings and landmarks, this neighbourhood is living proof that the old and the new can live together harmoniously. As you would expect, downtown is where all major companies house their offices. However, the region isn’t restricted to businesses. Gems such like the “Paço Imperial,” which is a cultural centre that used to serve as a residence for governors of Brazil, can be found here. Pedra do Sal, a Monday night street party, is also in this neighbourhood. This landmark is the birthplace of samba and is famous for its “roda de sambas” (“dance circles”). Stop in for one and get closer to discovering where Brazilian happiness comes from.
How to get there
  • Carioca • 8 min walk
  • Uruguai • 10 min walk

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Travel_World63
Sao Paulo, SP411 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
With many restaurants in small street of cobblestone, is a kind of alley with old buildings of Rio de Janeiro. Not very well preserved, smelling piss and dogs lying in the street. It was not a pleasant experience, even for knowing something more about the historical area. Close to Praça XV and Paço Imperial. Only for those interested in exploring the history, don't waste your time. The archs are the remaining parts of fire burning in the past.
Written January 2, 2015
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GUSDALI
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,026 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2010
A beautiful narrow street leads to a nice square called Passo Imperial, but, by this way, you should pass through this passage, an old arch between colony buildings. At rush hours, during week days, as it is just a few blocks from Rio´s financial center, this place is lively and full of people enjoying after work "happy hours".
Written September 1, 2011
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VeryCarioca66
Rio de Janeiro, RJ128 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Solo
This is a place where Rio still preserves much of the flair of the colonial times. Beautifully preserved. It has some relaxed restaurants for lunch (do not go at night time, unless there is a specific party or parade you are attending). And is just 1 minute off of some of the nicest cultural centers and baroque churches of Rio. Do not go downtown just for it, but definitely pass there if you go downtown (and it is totally worth going)..
Written December 14, 2015
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Alexander R
London, UK43 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013
Arco do Teles is the place you go for a happy hour if you are at Downtown by evening. It has good bars and restaurants (only open at noon) and a lot of preserved history.
Written May 8, 2013
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Amanda_Mey
Rio de Janeiro, RJ19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012
I absolutely love this part of Rio! It has the houses, the street stones, and all the architecture old-fashioned Rio had. Its a perfect time machine.
Written October 14, 2012
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Frederico N
Rio de Janeiro297 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Just a place to pass by when visiting the old streets in Downtown Rio.
Written January 20, 2012
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flaviaviland
Stavanger, Norway151 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2011 • Solo
This is Praca XV, one side stays the ferieboat opposing to the old Cathedral. By right side of the Cathedral we can see the Paco Imperal where used to live the king of Portugal when he run away from Europe's misery & Napoleonic wars. That palace is in front of the Arco do Teles.

The arc is not alone, as we find Le Arc de Triumf in Paris. This one became part of the other buildings which was constructed in his both sides. The arc is from XVIII. The other buildings are from XIX & XX. This age presentation in the architecture which surround the arc, makes it be more suitable to get an extra look by city walkers.

The material of the thing or the street itself reveals for only walk passangers contrasts with modern stuff around.

By the night, the pictorial historical street fill in it with business people & studants for dinner & drinks.
Written December 12, 2011
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PBPG
Yorkshire, UK6,554 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Simple, quaint archway built in the 18th century as part the Teles de Menezes residence. Carmen Miranda used to live just beyond the arch
Written December 21, 2022
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Evelyn B
Maracaibo, Venezuela253 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
Besides the history related to the area and the fact that the arch leads to the Travessa do Comercio, the arch itself is what it says it is: an arch! I wouldn't walk around the area in the afternoon or after dark for security reasons.
Written July 19, 2017
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moakoak
Brisbane, Australia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
our guide took us here to show around this landmark's historical of rio, the lady carmen mirand lived here and today is vila of houses wich turned out to local restaurants
Written March 8, 2017
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