Largo da Carioca (Carioca Place), Rio de Janeiro

Largo da Carioca (Carioca Place), Rio de Janeiro

Largo da Carioca is a vibrant square. It seems like most residents of Rio de Janeiro pass through this square every day, and they probably do. The subway stop here brings a large amount of pedestrian traffic, coming and going. This central square is considered the heart of Rio de Janeiro. It is surrounded by a mix of newer buildings and striking historical buildings.

The Convento de Santo Antônio (Convent of Saint Anthony) was constructed between 1608 and 1620 on top of a hill. The hill overlooked a pond, which was drained to become the present-day plaza. The interior of the convent features one nave and beautiful gilded carvings. The Petrobras building is one of the modern structures facing the square. Petrobras is the largest oil company in the region.

Visitors will be fascinated by the Metropolitan Cathedral. This beehive-shaped building is a very non-traditional look for the city's Catholic cathedral. The Presbyterian Cathedral looks much more traditional. Missionaries from the United States constructed this church in 1862.

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Sight Name: Largo da Carioca (Carioca Place)
Sight Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (See walking tours in Rio de Janeiro)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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