It was built in 1661 and is considered the patron saint of the press, protector of arts and sciences, as well as patron of the neighborhood (Jacarepagua). (It is common tourists confuse his name with another called of Our Lady of Penha, located in another location)
Brazil is the birthplace of Samba. There are no better Samba dancers on earth than the one in Rio de Janeiro. During the carnival in the Sambadrome you can see them performing with persuasion and enchantment, the two words that aptly describe the origin of samba music and dance. Rio samba dancers beckon watchers with sensuous dance steps, costumes ranging from the grotesque, sleazy, captivating and provocative, whatever whatchamacallits you can label it. The dance attract as it repel in the eyes of different cultures. But it is magic such as the picture in this spread.