Parque das Ruínas

The Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruínas, or simply Parque das Ruínas (Ruins Park), is a public park with an art gallery built around the ruins of a mansion, located in the Santa Teresa neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is a venue for live outdoor concerts and houses a bar.

The site was the residence of Belle Époque art mecenas Laurinda Santos Lobo [pt], who invited intellectuals and artists to her mansion in the early 20th century. In 1993, after 40 years of abandonment, Rio de Janeiro's state government purchased the site and organized an architectural contest. In 1997 the former hotel was transformed into a cultural center, designed after the winning project of architect Ernani Freire, who kept the structure of the ruins and added a contemporary look. Today the site offers a variety of cultural events.

The Parque das Ruínas offers a unique panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro, with a broad view of Guanabara Bay from one side and the Centro from the other side.

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Simone Lima
16 May 2015
The most underrated place in Rio. Fantastic view and a very laid back vibe.
Travel + Leisure
7 January 2014
You can always catch an authentic music performance at this open-air cultural center with amazing views of Sugarloaf.
Ariel Matzner
26 November 2013
Wonderful spot to hit one of the best views of the city. For free. Don't miss the exhibition on the lower level.
Nanda Dias
5 April 2015
One of my fave views of Rio! ????
Khuat Khanh Ly
10 August 2019
Amazing point for view of the city
Nicolas Landier
10 August 2013
The best view on Rio!
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