Visiting the “Castelinho do Flamengo”, or ( the “Flamengo little castle” ) is minimally a whimsical experience. Formally known as “Oduvaldo Vianna Filho Cultural Center” - a renown Brazilian playwright and cultural leader of the 60-70s, the “little castle” is located at the Flamengo neighborhood, and is one of the few original buildings left untouched and intact from the days the Flamengo Beach was the “it” in Rio. These were Rio´s golden 1920´s. (The beach now “moved” about 440 meters away inwards to the Guanabara Bay.) This eclectic architectural jewel became a Cultural Center in the 1990´s , presenting several art exhibits throughout the year, sponsored both by the Rio´s City Cultural department and private sector.
In the beginning of article, I stated that this cultural center was “whimsical”. Indeed I think apart from the not always brilliant exhibitions, the “Castelinho do Flamengo” is definitely worth a visit because of its unique architectural style. The building is somehow “ghost looking”. In fact, a major TV network here in Brazil once made a report about the myth of “ghosts and spirits”. Can you get a clue where the footage was made, at night? Yes, the Castelinho do Flamengo!
The video report showed a story about a Brazilian group of “ghost busters” or “ghost finders” all equipped with extra-sensorial apparatus, special night cameras, etc. in order to review a rumor that the security from the cultural center heard “strange voices” in his night shift. The legend arose after the fact that Castle´s first owners, both husband and wife, died in front of their house, hit by a car accident, rare in the 30`s. The tutor of the dead couple supposedly stole the estate/ heritage of the couple´s daughter. Worse, he would “imprison” the daughter at the Castle´s tower and treat her badly: The curse was installed, so as all myths, supported by the eclectic architecture.
From the entrance, all the way to the tower on the third floor, visitors from all over the world will have a chance to see indeed this eccentric architecture. The tiles one the first floor is made in beautiful wood. Wood carving can also be seen in some roof . Art nouveau stained glass with fruit motifs can also be observed. Finally, handmade angels sculptures encrusted in places of the Castle are a beauty on their own. Definitely worth a visit for architecture lovers.
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