"LAPA ARCHES" Arcos da Lapa Tip by janaina
Arcos da Lapa, Rio de Janeiro: 11 reviews and 19 photos
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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