Cinelandia

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Cinelandia featuring signage, cycling and street scenes

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.

Top Hotels Close to Cinelandia

Hotel Atlantico Business Centro
Hotel Atlantico Business Centro
3.5 out of 5
Rua Senador Dantas, 25, Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is $20 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
Located in Rio de Janeiro Centro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cinelandia, Consulate General of the United States Rio de Janeiro, and Selaron Steps. ...
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Américas Granada Hotel
Américas Granada Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Gomes Freire, 530 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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The price is $28 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
Located in Lapa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Arcos da Lapa, Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro, and Praca da Cruz Vermelha. Tiradentes ...
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"There was a problem accessing my room. The key would not work and it turned out the door lock was a problem and I needed to change rooms."

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Américas Granada Hotel
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3.5 out of 5
Senador Dantas 24, Cinelândia, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is $23 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 11
Located in Rio de Janeiro Centro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cinelandia, Consulate General of the United States Rio de Janeiro, and Selaron Steps. ...
3.9/5Good! (341 reviews)
"Everything is good"

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2021

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Hotel Atlantico Business Centro
Hotel Atlantico Business Centro
3.5 out of 5
Rua Senador Dantas, 25, Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is $20 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
Hotel Atlantico Business Centro
Américas Granada Hotel
Américas Granada Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Gomes Freire, 530 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is $28 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
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3.5 out of 5
Senador Dantas 24, Cinelândia, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is $23 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 11
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ibis Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont
ibis Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont
3 out of 5
Rua Marechal Camara 280 Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is $29 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 11
ibis Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont
Windsor Asturias Hotel
Windsor Asturias Hotel
3 out of 5
Rua Senador Dantas 14-Cinelandia, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is $47 per night from Sep 25 to Sep 25
Windsor Asturias Hotel
Itajubá Hotel
Itajubá Hotel
3 out of 5
Rua Alvaro Alvim 23, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is $29 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
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Hotel Atlântico Prime
Hotel Atlântico Prime
4 out of 5
Rua do Resende 87, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is $21 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
Hotel Atlântico Prime
Prodigy Santos Dumont
Prodigy Santos Dumont
4 out of 5
Av. Almirante Silvio de Noronha, 365, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is $80 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 24
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Alvim 1403
Alvim 1403
3 out of 5
Rua Álvaro Alvim, 37, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Alvim 1403
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