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Address: Cosme Velho Street | Cosme Velho, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A Hidden Jewel Badly in Need of Restoration

As one reviewer already pointed out, this group of what were once no doubt beautiful examples of the colonial architecture which Rio seems to scorn today, are but a short walk... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
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Rio de Janeiro
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

As one reviewer already pointed out, this group of what were once no doubt beautiful examples of the colonial architecture which Rio seems to scorn today, are but a short walk uphill and on the other side of the street from the boarding station for the train to the Christ statue. The properties themselves would easily be worthy of five... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

A very small square just up the road from the entrance to Christ the Redeemer. Worth the visit if you are waiting for your train departure. Sadly in need of some major investment to restore the houses around the square to their former glory. That said, you still get a feeling of how Rio was in the19th century and a... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

It is a beautiful little nieghborhood, but it has been neglected for soo long that it is literaly falling apart. Dangerous at nighttime, go during the daytime! Very close to the access of Paineiras anbd the Christ Statue.

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Rio de Janeiro
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

It is a smal square , fairly well preserved with houses from the 19th century. It is worth a stop on the way to Dona Marta and the Corcovado.

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Rio de Janeiro
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

But it is good for a 10 minute visit only and there is nothing nearby on walking distance. However, it is on the way to the Corcovado.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

An apparently very old little square in a quiet neighborhood in Rio. But the houses were actually built less than a century ago, designed to look much older than they are. But it works. The result is great. A peaceful place, very close to the busy Corcovado Railway station. Too bad the place smells no good, thanks to a nearby... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2011

THey have the facade of 6 old houses showing how rich Cariocas (Rio de Janeiro Locals) used to live in the past. Just takes 3 minutes to see everything and the place is close to the boarding area to the Corcovado Mountain train.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2011

Amazing colonial style small square, surrounded by rainforest and houses of the XVII and XVII. A pleasant haven, . However, due to its wilderness location, avoid it at night. Indeed, it is more beautiful by early afternoon. A river runs beneath the refuge, giving a bucolic air to the place.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2011

I don't know if the place is safe or not, but it didn't feel safe. A single once grand mansion (the one you will see online in pictures) looks like it is now deteriorating multi unit housing of some sort. It is only a 3 block walk from the train station for Corcovado, and as you can see from the... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2010

Boticario Square, or Largo do Boticario in Portuguese is a lovely spot in Laranjeiras. It's not too far from the bottom station of the Corcovado tram. The main interest in visiting this spot is to get a glimpse of how Rio was in the colonial times: large houses surrounded by lush vegetation, with a river running on the edge of... More 

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