Catete Walk, Rio de Janeiro

When you stroll through the Catete Street area you are instantly transported to another era. The faded grandeur of the still stunning looking colonial palaces hark back to a previous time of great wealth and power. This area was once the home base for Brazil's head of government. Today, among the historical buildings, you will find lots of glass-fronted souvenir shops, amenity stores and restaurants. One of the nicest places for a walk is Rua do Catete which is also known by a number of different names, including the Rua da Glória and the Rua Marques de Abrantes. Tour the Palácio do Catete, a 19th-century building that was once Brazil's presidential palace. Today, it is home to the Republic Museum where you can stand in the former offices and chambers of the president and his ministers and appreciate the opulence of the Grand Hall and Ballroom. The museum also has a large collection of items related to the Republic of Brazil, some of which are on display and include antique furniture, coins, paintings, medals, swords and much more. Another architectural highlight is the church of Our Lady Glória which sits on Glória Hill looking down on the Parque do Flamengo. This striking example of colonial design was built toward the end of the 18th century, and inside are intricate wood carvings and blue decorative Brazilian tiling.
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" on iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Catete Walk Map

Guide Name: Catete Walk
Guide Location: Brazil » Rio de Janeiro
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Discovery)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
Author: naomi

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