Escadaria Selaron, Rio de Janeiro

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Admire the colors and shapes of broken glass and ceramics built into Escadaria Selaron, a set of artistically renovated steps straddling Lapa and Santa Teresa neighborhoods. These 215 steps stretched over 125 m (410 ft) feature an explosion of colors built into mosaics by a Chilean-born artist. One of the most charming attractions of Rio de Janeiro, the steps have over 2,000 tiles. The author Jorge Selaron, a painter and sculptor, began the project in 1990 by renovating the dilapidated steps outside his house. See Escadaria Selaron and all Rio de Janeiro has to offer by arranging your trip with our Rio de Janeiro trip maker tool.
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  • Amazing experience! Such a great art work and everything has Selaron’s hand made touch. We loved this tourist spot and I hardly recommend it 
    Amazing experience! Such a great art work and everything has Selaron’s hand made touch. We loved this tourist spot and I hardly recommend it  more »
  • These steps are more than a colorful steps, they are also a history book. each tile having sth to say about its history and past. i was happy to see many tiles from my country,Iran. 
    These steps are more than a colorful steps, they are also a history book. each tile having sth to say about its history and past. i was happy to see many tiles from my country,Iran.  more »
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  • These beautiful stairs are a must see. They are the work of Chilean artist Jorge Selarón, who made them as a way to show his love to the city. The stairs are made from thousands of pieces of ceramics which were collected or donated, and some even painted by the artist. The area was very safe with many police present, but I would caution against walking too far from the area, as some of the surrounding area is not very safe for tourists. But the immediate area is full of amazing restaurants and souvenir shops, some of which have very unique items.
  • Good place to say you've been. The neighborhoods' glory days are far in the rearview mirror. It's a tad sketchy but there is a heavy police presence. During the day you're probably fine. At night you'd better avoid or be with a local who knows where they're going. The buildings and neighborhood have flavor. A good place to have a drink and imagine the past.

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