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Arco do Teles

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Address: Praca XV de Novembro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20010-010, Brazil
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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 14, 2015
VeryCarioca66
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New York
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

I went here once on a Friday after work time. There is a ferry nearby and it seems that a lot of people stop in this area after work for drinks, snacks, music, everybody was in the streets dring beer laughing, a very fun great area in Rio.

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Thank BobH15
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

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.... More 

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1 Thank VeryCarioca66
San Antonio
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52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

The arc is small, but on the other side, there is a small number of fun restaurants with Brazilian music and great ambiance. Got there on a Saturday around 2 pm and the place was so much fun

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Thank Francisco S
New Orleans, Louisiana
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370 reviews
215 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 459 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Apparently several reviews which rate this attraction highly aren't really talking about the Arco de Teles at all. They're talking about the narrow streets of old Rio that the arch leads to, and not even particularly about the Travessa do Comercio which is the specific lane that it opens to. TA has a separate listing for Travessa do Comercio, but... More 

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Thank Vincent M
Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Arco do Teles is like a gate facing Praça Quinze, as it opens a passage for Travessa do Comércio (Trade Lane). It is a heritage listed architectural landmark that survived the wave of demolitions, when the city centre was remodelled in early 1900s. It was a strange feeling to pass under the arch and enter into the scene of a... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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258 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

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... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 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.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

Its a lovely place that you can have a really cheap lunch and see another places around: Paço Imperial, Museu nacional.

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Thank Ecio
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Walk through that arch and you will have a good feeling of how thing were in Rio back in 1910's Beautiful architecture, you will take good pictures there if you're in to old design

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Thank ajulios
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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24 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

It is one of the many historic areas in Rio´s center, not much of a sight, except for nighttime, when the area really gets exciting with bars and shows.

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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.