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Santa Teresa, the Bohemian Hilltop of Rio de Janeiro

By Ruth Faulkner, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Located above the Rio de Janeiro neighborhoods of Gloria and Lapa in Centro, Santa Teresa is famous for its winding, narrow streets which are a favorite spot for artists and tourists. Santa Teresa is both a main tourist destination and a desirable location to live because of its small-old-town feel and its famous bohemian vibe.

The neighborhood originated from the Santa Teresa Convent, built in the 1750s on Desterro hill. At the end of the 19th and early 20th century Santa Teresa was an upper class borough, as shown . . .

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