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Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro Lavradio Street could become intangible heritage

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL –  A bill authored by deputy André Ceciliano was passed in a single session on Thursday, August 26, in Rio’s state Legislative Assembly (ALERJ). The measure will be submitted to governor Cláudio Castro for sanction or veto, within 15 days.

The 700-meters-long street is surrounded by historical houses and is traditionally known by locals and tourists for hosting the Feira do Rio Antigo (Rio Antiquities Fair).

The event is held every Saturday and features many of the city’s artisans and antique exhibitors. Bars and restaurants make the street one of the most pleasant walks in the city.

With the final passage of the bill, the city government will be able to study investment and maintenance initiatives for local buildings, including potential tax exemptions or reductions linked to the maintenance of the properties’ historic features. The bill covers all buildings and events held at the site.

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