Join The Celebration at Rio de Janeiro’s 450th Anniversary


NEW YORK, February 27, 2015- A trip to Rio has always been sure to be full of excitement. Perhaps even in 1565, when Estácio de Sá travelled to Rio to ensure Portuguese supremacy over the French colonists and native Indians that populated the region. The Portuguese founded Rio de Janeiro on March 1, 1565, 450 years ago, and throughout the next decades and centuries, the city went through many changes. It was at one point the home to the Portuguese Royal Empire, and until 1960, it was the capital of the Republic of Brazil. Now, Rio de Janeiro is not only the second largest city in Brazil, but it is also the sixth largest in the Americas. More importantly, it’s one of the greatest tourism spot in the planet, and a top choice in everyone’s wish list.


Rio’s 450th anniversary marks various achievements for the City, from its “birthdate” to its recent successes in hosting the 2014 World Cup Final to upcoming developments, such as being the first South American and Portuguese-speaking nation to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.  It marks also a celebration of its culture and its people, the cariocas. This is the moment for Rio de Janeiro to talk about its historical trajectory, talk about Samba, Bossa Nova and Funk, talk about its characters that contributed to create Rio’s soul.

The main “Rio 450th” celebration will happen at the dawn of February 28th and will electrify people up to the official anniversary day. Festivities will continue throughout the year, with highlights including:

  • The opening of the Museum of Tomorrow, a state of the art, sustainably built science museum in Porto Maravilha. This futuristic museum is an innovative masterpiece and offers guests a glimpse into the future.
  • Several exhibitions will pay tribute to the city such as:

o   “Debret’s Rio de Janeiro”, displayng the work of the French artist Jean Baptiste Debret, who lived in Brazil for 15 years.

o   “Tarsila and the modern Women in Rio”, revolving around the change of social and cultural conventions between the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, through action and creation of women.

o   “Bernini and the Romano Baroque”, featuring original works of Gian Lorenzo Bernini and important Italian artists of XVII century.

  • The Olympics Games testevents get into the spirit of the City celebration, and become part of the commemorative calendar, one year ahead of the main event.
  • The Rio450 Pavilion– It will be a public display designed to capture the growth of the civilization and centuries ofhistory through urban landscapes. The pavilion will house an interactive exhibit called Unimaginable Rio450 that will reveal the evolution of the city through a creative activation.


  • The Rio450 Librarywill also be displaying over 70 books that pertain to the history and culture of Rio de Janeiro andeven feature rare editions of books published by notable Brazilian historians.



But That’s Not All:


Rio’s anniversary is also an invitation to rediscover the “Cidade Maravilhosa” (Marvelous City) and to get a taste of its landmarks.  Here is a list of 10 things you should absolutely do when visiting Rio:



Go on the top of Cristo Redentor and look down to Rio’s dramatic landscape of mountains, forest, sea and, the different neighborhoods  – shaped by the interaction of the natural elements and a rich culture.


Walk the beautiful Copacabana and Ipanema’s beach to mingle with Rio’s amazing people, commonly referred to as Cariocas, and to experience a friendly and sociable atmosphere.


Visit Jardim Botanico (Botanic Garden), which has retained its original neoclassical design. Created in 1808 by Dom João VI, it displays rare species of the tropical flora.


Go to the Aterro do Flamengo to walk the landscape designed by the famous designer Roberto Burle Marx and visit the Museu de Arte Moderna (Modern Art Museum)


Have a happy hour at Lapa, the birthplace of Brazilian bohemia movement,  to experience all the rhythms of Rio de Janeiro and the diversity of the city. Rio is the city of music, and its history couldn’t be narrated without the Samba, Bossa Nova, Funk and Chorinho.


Stop at a local bar to taste the “Comida de Boteco”. There’s nothing more carioca than having an iced choppe in a bar, or boteco, accompanied by appetizers such as chicken fritters, jerked beef and fried cassava. As a tradition, on Saturdays, you can also taste the famous feijoada with a caipirinha.


Explore Santa Teresa, a district situated in the center of the city and on top of a hill. The neighborhood is home of numerous museums and art galleries.


Visit the iconic Maracanã stadium, considered the temple of soccer


Get an aerial view of the city and its beaches, either via helicopter or hang-gliding.


Attend a samba school rehearsal and get a glimpse of what is like to experience carnival in Rio de Janeiro.



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