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Cinelândia

Surrounding this central square are Rio’s historic buildings, including its impressive opera house, its world-class library and one of its most beloved bars.

Get a glimpse of an older Rio de Janeiro at the centrally located square of Cinelândia. Named after the many cinemas once located here when it was the flashy modern center of Rio, today Cinelândia holds many of the city’s oldest and grandest structures. Watch a performance at Brazil’s premier opera house, explore the shelves of Latin America’s largest library and see work by some of Brazil’s most famous artists.

The crowning structure of Cinelândia is the Theatro Municipal. Since 1909, this opera house has stood high over the north side of the square. Modeled after the Paris Opera, the building is full of impressive features. See the giant gold eagle sculpture standing at the center of the roof. Pass by the building at night to see the illuminated stained-glass windows lining the façade. Take a guided tour to see the recently refurbished interior, which is adorned with gold. Tours are available from Tuesday through Saturday.

Walk next door to see the Old National Library on the square’s east side. The millions of books held within this early 19th-century structure make it Latin America’s largest library and the seventh largest in the world. Walk up the main staircase, browse the shelves and take a peaceful break in one of the grand reading rooms.

The National Fine Arts Museum (Museu Nacional de Belas Artes) stands just north. Browse the selections from the museum’s massive 70,000-piece collection to get a comprehensive introduction to the history of Brazilian visual art. Find works by Brazil’s modernist painters, like Cândido Portinari’s Coffee.

The official name of Cinelândia is Floriano Peixoto Square (Praça Floriano Peixoto), after Brazil’s second president. See the monument to President Peixoto in the center of the square.

Make sure to have at least one of your meals in Rio de Janeiro at Restaurant Amarelinho. Established in 1921, this bar on the first floor of an unmistakable yellow building abutting Cinelândia is an iconic Rio establishment. Have a Brazilian dish alongside a pizza and a cold brew.

Cinelândia is best reached by metro, since a stop stands at its center.

Popular Activities at Cinelandia

It's worth giving yourself heaps of time at Cinelandia. Here are some of the best activities:

You should consider purchasing a Small-Group Walking Tour of Downtown Rio with Trolley Ride or a Full-Day City Tour with Banco do Brasil while you're in the area. These experiences are a couple of the most popular.

Examine our Rio de Janeiro things to do page to discover more activities while you're in the area.


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Hotel Atlântico Prime $34
Reviewed on May 3, 2019
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Hotel Atlântico Prime

Hotel Atlântico Prime

Rua do Resende 87, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
     
    4.2 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Perfect location. Walking distance to all the restaurants and hangout spots and the Buffet was really good and inexpensive.

    Hotel Atlantico Business Centro $31
    Reviewed on Mar 26, 2019
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    Hotel Atlantico Business Centro

    Hotel Atlantico Business Centro

    Rua Senador Dantas, 25, Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
       
      4.1 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Ótimo atendimento. Por parte dos funcionários. Atendeu o que eu procurava.

      Windsor Florida Hotel $60
      Reviewed on Jan 2, 2019
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      Windsor Florida Hotel

      Windsor Florida Hotel

      Rua Ferreira Viana, 81, Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
         
        4.4 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0

        Liked the gym and pool. Staff was very accommodating, allowing us to shower long after we checked out. Shower pressure was great

        Selina Lapa Rio de Janeiro $34
        Reviewed on May 6, 2019
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        Selina Lapa Rio de Janeiro

        Selina Lapa Rio de Janeiro

        Rua Visc. de Maranguape, 9 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro
           
          3.7 of 5
          2.5 out of 5.0

          It was a hostel with hotel standards but still had a great hostel vibe. The staff were super friendly and helpful and all the facilities were great additions

          Américas Granada Hotel $40
          Reviewed on Apr 6, 2019
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          Américas Granada Hotel

          Américas Granada Hotel

          Avenida Gomes Freire, 530 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
             
            4.2 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0

            The hotel was lovely and clean, the beds were amazing, beautiful views from the roof top. Breakfast was great with plenty of choice. We would definitely stay here again

            Windsor Asturias Hotel $58
            Reviewed on Apr 15, 2019
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            Windsor Asturias Hotel

            Windsor Asturias Hotel

            Rua Senador Dantas 14-Cinelandia, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
               
              4.2 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0

              Good location to downtown, value for money. Food options have potential for improvement.

              Prodigy Santos Dumont $78
              Reviewed on May 2, 2019
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              Prodigy Santos Dumont

              Prodigy Santos Dumont

              Av. Almirante Silvio de Noronha, 365, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
                 
                4.2 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0

                Perfect location for Business Trips, just next to Santos Dumont airport, so easy! And the hotel restaurant has a breathtaking view!

                ibis Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont $35
                Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019
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                ibis Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont

                ibis Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont

                Rua Marechal Camara 280 Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
                   
                  4.2 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Location is convenient as it’s so close to airport and within walking distance. Breakfast is good within fresh fruits.