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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 Atlantico Business Centro ¥3,399
Hotel Atlantico Business Centro

Hotel Atlantico Business Centro

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

    Located in Centro, this hotel is steps from Guanabara Bay and National Library (Biblioteca Nacional). Arcos da Lapa and Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro are also within 10 minutes. Cinelandia Station is only a 4-minute walk and Carioca Station is 7 minutes.

    Américas Granada Hotel ¥4,452
    Américas Granada Hotel

    Américas Granada Hotel

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

      Located in Lapa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Arcos da Lapa and Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro. National Library (Biblioteca Nacional) and Museum of Modern Art are also within 1 mi (2 km). Carioca Station is 13 minutes by foot and Presidente Vargas Station is 13 minutes.

      Hotel Atlântico Prime ¥3,922
      Hotel Atlântico Prime

      Hotel Atlântico Prime

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

        Located in Lapa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Praca da Cruz Vermelha, Arcos da Lapa, and Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro. National Library (Biblioteca Nacional) and Museum of Modern Art are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cinelandia Station is 16 minutes by foot and Presidente Vargas Station is 16 minutes.

        Casa Nova Hotel ¥3,702
        Casa Nova Hotel

        Casa Nova Hotel

        Rua do Riachuelo,105, Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Lapa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Guanabara Bay, Arcos da Lapa, and Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro. National Library (Biblioteca Nacional) and Museum of Modern Art are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cinelandia Station is 14 minutes by foot and Gloria Station is 16 minutes.

          ibis Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont ¥3,756
          ibis Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont

          ibis Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont

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

            Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Guanabara Bay and National Library (Biblioteca Nacional). Museum of Modern Art and Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cinelandia Station is 9 minutes by foot and Carioca Station is 13 minutes.

            Prodigy Santos Dumont ¥6,258
            Prodigy Santos Dumont

            Prodigy Santos Dumont

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

              Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Guanabara Bay and Museum of Modern Art. National Library (Biblioteca Nacional) and Flamengo Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km). Cinelandia Station is 17 minutes by foot and Carioca Station is 21 minutes.

              Selina Lapa Rio de Janeiro ¥4,016
              Selina Lapa Rio de Janeiro

              Selina Lapa Rio de Janeiro

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

                Located in Lapa, this hotel is steps from Guanabara Bay and Arcos da Lapa. Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro and National Library (Biblioteca Nacional) are also within 10 minutes. Cinelandia Station is 8 minutes by foot and Gloria Station is 9 minutes.

                Windsor Asturias Hotel ¥5,911
                Windsor Asturias Hotel

                Windsor Asturias Hotel

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

                  Located in Centro, this hotel is steps from Guanabara Bay and National Library (Biblioteca Nacional). Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro and Arcos da Lapa are also within 10 minutes. Cinelandia Station is only a 4-minute walk and Carioca Station is 7 minutes.