Part of the ruins of what once was the Murtinho Nobre Palace, lifelong home to the late patron of the arts Laurinda Santos Lobo, are still standing. But when Rio’s City Hall took it over it gained more of a contemporary look.
Ernani Freire’s architectural project preserved the exposed brick structure of the three-story house at the top of the Santa Teresa neighborhood and mixed it with glass and metal. The renovation resulted in a beautiful edifice that would house a cultural center in one of the city’s most popular tourism spots.
Besides offering cultural programming, Parque das Ruínas is a privileged lookout point: from there you can see the city center, the Sugar Loaf mountain, parts of the coastline and the Lapa Arches.
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Other than patios and gardens, the park has an exhibition room, an 80-seat indoor amphitheater and an outdoor stage.
The cultural center programming includes shows and literary readings.
Laurinda Santos Lobo welcomed in her palace artists such as Brazilian maestro Heitor Villa-Lobos and dancer Isadora Duncan.
How to get there
Address: Murtinho Nobre street, 169, Santa TeresaPhone: [55 21] 2215-0621 / 2224-3922.