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Cinelândia: Historic Culture in the Heart of Rio de Janeiro

By Scarlet Bringuenti Bennett, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Cinelândia is Rio's city center, with landmarks like the Municipal Theater and Museums, as well as great bars, restaurants, shopping, movie theatre and more, which are busy week days and early evenings.

Cinelândia Square’s official name is Praça Floriano Peixoto in honor of Brazil’s second president, however that is rarely used. The square used to house the Ajuda Convent built for women in 1750, but it was not until the early 20th century, when Rio de Janeiro was the capital of Brazil, that the . . .

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