Sao Joao Batista Cemetery
Sao Joao Batista Cemetery
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Glen W
Rio de Janeiro, RJ115 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
The creator of the world renowned ‘Selaron Steps’ died in 2013 under tragic, albeit suspicious circumstances. Officially the actual cause is unknown, but speculation abounds from ‘suicide’ to ‘homicide’. He is entombed at the São João Batista cemetery, which opened in 1852. There are many famous celebrities who have made it their final resting place as well. Jorge Selaron, even in death, brought a splash of vibrant color to enrich even a cemetery. How? With even steps and colorful tile from all of the world from well-wishers and volunteers and friends. A must for his many fans, a tribute both to his life and a memorial in death. This cemetery is a tribute to Brazilian history and culture
Written 3 May 2022
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KalisaWR
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
45 acres, over 25,000 statues, and 80,000+ graves. You can easily spend hours here.
This cemetery is a labyrinth of massive tombs and graves belonging to famous Brazilian artists, actors, writers, Presidents, musicians, etc. The art and history in this place is incredible.
There is a lot of construction at the top, as it is continously being expanded, but the main features are down at the bottom area anyways. Going to the top is really only neccessary if you would like an aerial view.
Take an Uber/car/taxi, I wouldn't recommend walking through the neighborhood. There isn't a map of grounds (to let you know who is buried where) but most of time you can just ask an attendant if you're looking for someone specific.
Some people have been asked to not take photos but it's mainly because they were not being respectful of where they are stepping, laying on tombs to "get a better angle", and things like that. Just be decent and you won't have a problem.
Written 7 April 2022
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Kaidikrimm
Viimsi, Estonia41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
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.
Written 30 April 2016
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Sheree
Edmonton, Canada426 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
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 as one of the best. Right up there with the big cemetery in Paris and some of the older cemeteries in New Orleans.

If you love dramatic religious sculptures or even just great art work, this place will amaze and inspire. Set aside an hour or two, to walk and reflect. Look up and you will see Christ the Redeemer in the far distance. Check out the main gates with their cast iron pirate flag-type skulls.

There is a little bit of parking, but asking a friend or a private guide to take you here would be best.

You may be told not to take pictures, but to us this is merely graveyard bullying. Taking pictures, respectfully, (no clamboring around on the tombs or statues) will do no harm, not to the living, and certainly not to the dead. So, we ignore these advisories and carry on. Respectfully.

Better times of the day to visit is when the sun is lower, of course. But take a big bottle of water if you visit during the high sun hours. Very hot in there - the stonework holds a lot of heat. (There is a florist shop and a small confectionary across the street where you can buy water.)

Washrooms are just inside the main gate (ladies, you may be alarmed by the lack of doors on the stalls, but take it in stride; it's really not a big deal.)

Photography suggestions: In P mode, dial up your exposure compensation when shooting against the bright background. Or dial it down to reduce the ambient light, and raise your flash. Or just don't shoot into bright background light, unless you are after a silhouette effect. And look for unique angles; they are there.

Believe it or not, this spot ranked at the top of our most favorite spots and attractions to visit in Rio.

The cemetery has specific hours, so check before you go. But do go!
Written 31 December 2014
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cullasaja
Franklin, NC57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Friends
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 assume are urns. One highlight is a large but simple monument for Carmen Miranda.
Written 19 February 2014
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BaronessEast
New York City116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Couples
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 be sketchy, but inside is filled with gardeners and staff and we felt very secure walking around for hours. And outside the gate there is a parking attendant that helped us get a taxi, no problems at all.

TIP: Don't take our your camera until you are well into the cemetery. They have a weird thing where the staff don't want you to take photos. So just keep your camera until you are around out of view from the front gate and then snap away.
Written 22 June 2012
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