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November 28, 2010
From journal Rarities in Rio
new york, New York
November 27, 2000
This picturesque neighborhood began as the site of a Carmelite convent (still here) in the 18th century. Today it is the home of some of Brazil's most vibrant artists (many of whom open their home studios to the public--see my 'Favoretto' entry) and romantic sights and sounds. Rio's elegance and colorful artistic side are expressed in Santa Teresa's lush flowers, winding streets and breath-taking views.
A visit to Santa Teresa should include a stop at Parque das Ruinas (Ruins Park), located at Rua Murtinho Nobre, 169. A spectacular view of the city awaits you from what's left of the Murtinho Nobre mansion, once one of the most posh residences in Rio. I found myself imagining the plot of a historic romance when I heard about Laurinda Santos Lobo, who once hosted elegant soirees and reigned supreme over Rio's social circles from her imposing vantage point. There are musical shows and other programs hosted at the site, as well as 'Happy Hour' events on Thursdays.
In addition to the Parque, Santa Teresa boasts the Santa Teresa Convent, a Buddhist Temple, the Paineiras Forest for outdoor fun, and several restaurants and pubs.
The best way to get around in Santa Teresa is by streetcar. You can pick up the streetcar from the Petrobras Building on Rua Lelio Gama 65, downtown. Streetcars leave every half hour.
From journal Rio: Brazil's Cultural Paradise