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The quaint little church of our Lady of Lapa and the Merchants is located in the oldest part of the city of Rio de Janeiro. It was completed on 1757 and completely redecorated in 1879. A famous legend has it that the statue of Our...More
Sort of famous for a sort of miracle that occurred when a marble statue fell off the roof and didn't shatter - you can see it (minus a couple of fingers) inside.
Nevertheless, small and pleasant and worth a short detour.
The church is small, beautifully decorated in its internal, winding plant, but it needs new conservation works, such as those made at the beginning of the 21st century. One attraction aside is at the sacristy: a statue of the virgin holding a cross without the...More
The Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Lapa dos Mercadores—the Traders’ Church of Our Lady of Lapa—is a splendid and historic Baroque church in the last remaining 18th-19th century neighborhood in town. It’s on rua do Ouvidor just around the corner from Travessa do Comercio. It’s...More
Date of experience: June 2015
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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.