Cinelandia is one of the nicest and most important squares in downtown Rio de Janeiro, frequently overlooked by tourists who limit themselves to visit the major classic attractions such as Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer statue.
The main highlights of Cinelandia are:
- Teatro Municipal (the Opera House)
- Museu de Belas Artes (the Fine Art Museum)
- Biblioteca Nacional (the National Library)
- Rio de Janeiro City Parliament
- Restaurant Amarelinho (Amarelinho Restaurant)
There are basically two ways to visiting Cinelandia:
- Cinelandia by taxi/private vehicle/group tour
Quick photo-op stop, as the area has no real place for a vehicle to stop for long time (except on weekends and holidays when there is hardly any traffic).
- Cinelandia by foot/subway
The best way to get to Cinelandia (if not by taxi or on a tour) is by subway. The Cinelandia subway stop is right in the heart of the square. The subway line that passes underneath Cinelandia is line 1, the same that can take you to Copacabana, Ipanema, Botafogo, Flamengo, Glória, Catete, Carioca and Maracana stations, among others.
Opening hours of attractions right in front of Cinelandia Square:
Biblioteca Nacional (National Library)
Mon. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat. – Sun. and holidays 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Visita guiada (guided visit), every hour. Admission fee: R$2; US$1; €0.90 (ID with photo required).
Museu Nacional de Belas Artes (National Fine Art Museum)
Tues. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat. – Sun. and holidays 12 – 5 p.m.
Self-guided. Admission fee: R$8; US$4; €3.50, Sun. free.
Teatro Municipal (Municipal Theater)
Tues. – Fri.11 a.m., 12 noon, 2, 3 and 4 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m., 12 noon, 1 p.m.
Guided visit (English may not be spoken). Admission: R$10; US$5; €4.
Câmara Municipal do Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro City Parliament)
Mon. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Guided visit (English may not be spoken). Free admission. Flip-flops and shorts not allowed.
After or before visiting these sites, have a drink, an appetizer or a meal at Restaurante Amarelinho (next to the city Parliament), established since 1919.
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