Very unusual sight. These are steps in the Lapa district which were tiled by George Selaron (who was found dead with burn marks on him in Jan 2013).
The steps have been decorated with multi-coloured tiles, many donated by visitors. There are tiles from various countries in the world, many with slogans, religious tiles, and there are probably over 100 steps.
Definitely worth a quick stopover. Its in the Lapa district, and not on a main road.