Downtown Rio: Lapa

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Just some photos of interesting architecture in downtown Rio de Janeiro. The above is the Cathedral. Fernando told me it is modeled after the Mayan Temples. It is a modernist building and looks space age to me, like what the future was supposed to look like. It is concrete and glass.

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The above is the inside of the Cathedral. The building is pretty open and gives fresh air, so it doesn't smell “churchy.” It is quite a temple inside.

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Right across, the glass buildings give a cool reflection of the Cathedral.

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This building has “cut outs” and terraces. Don't you like my amateur architecture terminology?

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Many of the buildings in downtown Lapa neighborhood are colonial, and somewhat rundown. We were there to enjoy the Sunday antiques fair, a weekly flea market. Lots of people! There are antique stores too; the one above had wonderful vintage glass ceiling lamps. I wanted to take them home!

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The Arcos de Lapa or colonial Carioca Aqueduct is featured in lots of Rio t-shirts and stuff, iconic. I just learned that it was built in the 18th Century and brought fresh water to the Cariocas (what locals are called in Rio, like Angelinos in Los Angeles). It was no longer in use in the late 19th Century due to a lack of water from that source and other methods were derived, and the arch was later used for a tramway, still in use.

Fern told me that this area can be quite lively at night with dancing in the streets. However, we were there late afternoon on a Saturday, and it was deserted. Also, first seeing the arch on t-shirts in its iconic form, and then seeing it in person was a bit of a discord — the arches were kinda rundown, had graffiti and needed some sprucing up. Possibly they will do it for the Olympics and World Cup? I'm sure they will be sparkling by then. Until then, it is best to be captured in silhouette form :)

 

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