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Sao Joao Batista Cemetery

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Address: Rua General Polidoro, s/n | Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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(21) 2527-0648
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Not as expansive or elaborate as Recoleta Cemetary in Buenos Aires, but impressive. Like a small city for the departed the cemetery is large and has people from all walks of life... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 February 2014
Franklin, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

Last resting place for presidents, musicians etc. Approx 25 000 tombs and 65 000 bodies buried in beautiful tombs. Like walking in the museum of architecture from colonial time. Must see - choose not so sunny day, staff may approach and prohibit photos.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2014

I could hardly believe what our guide was telling us: this beautiful cemetery with its amazing structures and sculptures was actually abandoned. Until recently. Now it is well kept up and treated like the historical treasure that it is. My husband and I are ardent fans of cemeteries; we have visited cemeteries all over the world, and this one ranks... More 

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Franklin, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2014

Not as expansive or elaborate as Recoleta Cemetary in Buenos Aires, but impressive. Like a small city for the departed the cemetery is large and has people from all walks of life. There are some very interesting monuments and statues as well as a walkway along the back wall that is multi-level with thousands of names listed over what I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2012

I have no idea why this cemetery isn't rated higher. It has some of the greatest tombstones I have seen. They have lots of famous people buried there (including Carmen Miranda) and it's absolutely beautiful. It was our favorite place in Rio. Some people say that it is not safe, but I assure you that outside the cemetery it can... More 

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