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Lapa Arches (Arcos da Lapa)

Largo Da Lapa Square | Lapa Distric, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Centro)
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Ranked #110 of 469 attractions in Rio de Janeiro
Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Vancouver, Canada
17 reviews 17 reviews
16 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Walking around after the Carnival was interesting as most people were still asleep at 11 AM. Walked up to St Teresa area, loved that! Lots of colored buildings, dogs everywhere and finally people awaking. The Arches were discovered on our way down. It was neat just to see it.

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Beijing, Beijing, China
18 reviews 18 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Lapa's Arches are just some large arches on which a trolley rides and which are sometimes lit up with colors, making for a good photo op, especially one which includes the nearby Sao Sebastiao Cathedral. Sometimes, there are live music shows in front of the arches and food stalls line the main street going through them. It isn't the safest... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
22 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Absolutely stinking, dangerous, terrible part of town. Druggies, homeless people, prostitutes. The arches are dirty, and utterly pointless to visit. Didn't feel safe there so we turned on our heels and headed back up to Santa Teresa. Didn't take out my camera - but then why would I want to??

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014 via mobile

The arches are full of graffiti, really dirty and smells like pee all over the place.. If you still want to visit, try tô do it on Friday. If you are going in metro the cinelandia station is the nearest

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London, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

I was expecting something else. They are not bad but the most remarkable thing to tell about them ... it´s its size, apart from that you don´t miss anything if don´t get the chance to see them.

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Nontron, France
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

The arches of Lapa are very pretty, and I visited in the middle of a bright sunny day. When I arrived there was a police van with around six officers, so I figured it would be safe. I took my camera out, and took a number of photos, before tucking it all away again. I then wandered around for a... More

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Kladno, Czech Republic
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Went there today with my boyfriend and what a surprise - two young men approached me with a knife and stole my camera in daylight on the pavement that goes along the main road which connects the Arches with the metropolitan cathedral. We spent the whole afternoon at tourist police and there were 3 German girls who have been robbed... More

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Ambato, Tungurahua, Ecuador
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

You can enjoy the daily life's type of the downtown in Rio. The Arches of Lapa would give you a nice photo shoot!

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happy in Victoria BC
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6 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

We went on a Saturday night to Carioca da Gema and saw two amazing samba bands. The entertainment starts around 9 or 9:30 and the place is packed quickly. Well worth the admission fee and drink prices are very reasonable. Eat elsewhere before you go as you will just want to dance! The arches are a nearby landmark but nothing... More

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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We were there on a Saturday night as it was the place to go, my husband was robbed from behind for his necklace. We just thought it was a busy bar area and this happens. The next day we walked past a policeman at 10.00am and I was attacked by three youths. THey were trying to grab my necklace which... More

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