The Carioca Aqueduct, known as Arcos da Lapa by the locals, was built in 1750 & is found in the city centre.
It was originally built to bring fresh water to the city centre. However it was deactivated in the late 19th century as new ways to bring in water were developed. In 1896 the arches were adapted to serve as a bridge to carry the Bondinho de Santa Teresa, a tram that goes between the city centre & the Santa Teresa neighbourhood. This tram ride is popular with locals & tourists. The arches themselves provide a good photo opportunity.
The bonde (boan-jay) is a 19th century tram that carries passengers -- many of them tourists -- from downtown to near the top of Sta Theresa.
The terminal in centro is near the Petrobras building and Oscar Niemayer's cathedral. Almost immediately after leaving the terminal the tram crosses 'Os Arcos do Lapa' (the Lapa Arches), a tall one-time aquaduct built in the mid-1700s. It then grinds and creaks its way up the hill (or mountainside), on narrow streets, passing by homes, mansions, shops, and restaurants, till its end.
The fare in 2008 was R$1,60 (US$0.90) for those taking seats. Those who merely hang on the running boards travel free.
The Lapa Arches, located in the Largo da Lapa Square,the center of Rio’s turn-of-the-century nightlife, hold their place in history as the most monumental work undertaken in colonial Rio. This magnificent structure contains 42 arches in two tiers. It was originally built in the 18th century colonial period as an aqueduct to supply the city with water, today they carry another outstanding attraction: the scenic tramlines linking the Carioca Station downtown to the picturesque Santa Teresa district. Lapa, the district of the Arcos (aqueduct arches), is the only one in Rio that can aggregate various musical trends without obfuscating any genre or artist. It is a stage for samba lyrics, for Northeastern sounds and the modernity of electronic music. There, in downtown Rio, along Mem de Sá, Riachuleo and Lavradio streets, they all co-exist in perfect harmony.
Since the early 50s Lapa has been one of the major references for nightlife in Rio. With its famous cabarets and restaurants, it was then known as the “Montmartre Carioca”, frequented by the cream of the artistic, intellectual, political and diplomatic circles. To this day Lapa throbs with life. City Hall has already restored part of the district, preserving as much as possible of the original architecture from the beginning of the 20th century, which characterizes the place. Visually it is a collection of historical constructions such as the Arcos da Lapa (Lapa Arches), Passeio Público (Public Promenade), Escola Nacional de Música (National Musica School) and Igreja de N. Sra. Da Lapa (Church of Our Lady of Lapa), veritable icons of Old Rio.
But it is when night falls that Lapa shows why it has established itself as a cultural attraction of Rio. Sala Cecília Meireles (Cecília Meireles Hall), considered to be the best venue for chamber music concerts in the city, shares the street with bar Asa Branca, where the malandro (bohemian rascal) goes for popular music. Bars such as Semente and do Ernesto feature the most carioca version of the samba, the chorinho. Those who favor rodas de samba (ring samba) should visit Emporium 100 and Rio Scenarium, which are antique stores during the day. The same musical styles are also present in Carioca da Gema, Casa da Mãe Joana and Dama da Noite.
The beats of house, techno and other modern rhythms, as well as shows with major MPB (Brazilian Popular Music) artists, can be enjoyed at Fundição Progresso and often at open-air events under one of the arches that is used as both roof and setting. While restaurants such as Nova Capela, Manoel e Joaquim and Bar Brasil guarantee to cater for the gastronomic needs of the night.
Cathedral of São Sebastião!
Know this place...mainly if you are a religious person!
Once in Cathedral, go to "Arcos da Lapa" (see picture), it is so close!!!
See the other photos!
The Lapa District was a former beach known as Areias de Espanha (The Spanish Sands); it grew around the seminary and chapel, which had been built in 1751 to the glory of Our Lady of Lapa and Exile. When Dom Joao VI arrived, the Carmelite friars had to leave the convent of the Largo do Carmo to the benfit of the monarch. They then received the ancient seminary and chapel of Lapa as their new dwellings. In 1810 the image of Our Lady of Carmo was copied and placed on the high altar where it remains to this day. The high altar and side altars were sculpted between 1775 and 1780.
This landmark aqueduct features 42 arches and dates from 1732. It was originally built to carry water from the Rio Carioca to the city. It was converted to a tram viaduct in 1896 so that the city's famous Bonde (tram) could make its way up to Santa Teresa. Please take care around this area as I had my rucksack attempted to be snatched away from me but I won the battle.
Probably one of my 'top 5 ' places of Rio. As his own name sais, they are located in Lapa neightbourhood.
It´s something like a bridge or an aqueduct that supports the ‘bonde’ (tram) which goes to Santa Teresa, one of the most beautiful neightbourhoods of Rio.
At night, on weekends, you´ll find people from samba schools playng live music here. There are some bars and barracas (food/drink stalls) where you can buy food or drinks.
Os Arcos da Lapa, foram construidos incialmente no incio do século XX, com a finalidade de distribuir agua para a cidade, hoje estao desativados, mas sua arquitetura ainda impressiona
Built in the beggining of the 20th century, to serve as water distributors, are nowadays desactivated, but it´s architecture is still very impressive
These archs were constructed in the colonial era to serve the city with water. Later on the tracks for the trams were laid on the top, and now the "Bondinhos" conect the typical Santa Teresa neighbourhood with the Carioca Station located downtown. It consists of 42 double arch painted in white. The Lapa neighbourhood used to be the best place in town to go out at night. Now days the tradition is lost. It is still a fun place to go if you have a good brazilian friend to take you there. The "Bondinho" travels over the archs and then through Santa Teresa neighbourhood. The streets are very narrow and the buildings very pictoresque. It is known as a very artistic area of Rio with arts stores and cultural events. The people of the Favelas ride this tram aswell but there's nothing to be afraid of if you just take the right and normal percautions.
They work from 6 am to 11 pm and the one way ride costs R$ 0,60.
The construction of the Lapa Arches,a very beautiful 64 meters high and 270 meter lenght structure in downtown Rio,began in the first half of the 18th century!
Located in the Largo Da Lapa Square,the center of Rio's "turn of the century" nightlife,the Lapa Arches hold their palce in history!
The structure,a former aqueduct,containing 42 arches in two tiers was idealized with the purpose of supplying water for the city,carrying water from Santa Tereza's hils to San Antonio hills.
In 1896,the city transportation compan took over the arqueduct,which was abandoned,and converted it to a viaduct,laying trolley tracks across its lenght.
Today,it's still used for transportation.
A cable car on its top carries passengers from the Carioca Station in downtown to Santa Tereza and vice-versa.
Santa Tereza is an artistic community with many museums,arts studios and Cultural Centers.
There's a row of houses from the beggining of the 20th century,with around 50 ateliers where more than 80 artists work,who open their doors to the public to show art's works that vary from the Classic to Comtemporany.
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