Downtown Centro Rio is inland from the beaches. It is the heart of the city where financial, legislative and political offices are located. These include Brazil’s first state-supported LGBT agencies that were set up to counter homophobia in the city–‘Rio Sem Homophobia’. Their offices take up a whole floor of City Hall. Centro also includes parks, markets, colonial architecture, modern skyscrapers, the unusual Metropolitan Catholic Cathedral and the first electric trolley car in the country…and much more.

Rio City Centro, Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Brazil - Rio City - Centro Area area government buildings
Brazil - Rio City - Centro Area area government buildings
Brazil - Rio City - Centro Area area government buildings;
Brazil - Rio City - Centro Area area government buildings; notice the banner in the windows of the top floor that spell out 'Rio sin Homophobia', the government sponsored anti-homophobia campaign. See next photo.
Close-up of the banner in the windows of the top
Close-up of the banner in the windows of the top floor that spell out 'Rio sin Homophobia', the government sponsored anti-homophobia campaign.
Brazil - Rio City - Centro Area area government sign
Brazil - Rio City - Centro Area area government sign
Brazil - Rio City - government anti-homophobia campaign
Brazil - Rio City - government anti-homophobia campaign
Brazil - Rio City - government anti-homophobia campaign staff members
Brazil - Rio City - government anti-homophobia campaign staff members
Brazil - Rio City - government anti-homophobia campaign offices
Brazil - Rio City - government anti-homophobia campaign offices
Brazil - Rio City - decorative sidewalks and countless buses
Brazil - Rio City - decorative sidewalks and countless buses
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area view of the
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area view of the Christo statue
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area memorial pantheon
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area memorial pantheon
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area Parca da Republica
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area Parca da Republica
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area Parca da Republica
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area Parca da Republica
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area Parca da Republica
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area Parca da Republica
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area Saara neighborhood bazaar
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area Saara neighborhood bazaar
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area Saara neighborhood bazaar
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area Saara neighborhood bazaar
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area Saara neighborhood bazaar,
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area Saara neighborhood bazaar, smiling faces at a juice bar
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area Saara neighborhood bazaar, lemon
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area Saara neighborhood bazaar, lemon vendor
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area Saara neighborhood bazaar, floral
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area Saara neighborhood bazaar, floral shop and colorful woman
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, ladies with their
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, ladies with their dogs
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area Saara neighborhood  colonial
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area Saara neighborhood colonial architecture
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area Saara neighborhood mixed
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area Saara neighborhood mixed architecture
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area Saara neighborhood  narrow
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area Saara neighborhood narrow Catholic church
Brazil - Rio City - souvenir umbrella
Brazil - Rio City - souvenir umbrella
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area equestrian statue of some
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area equestrian statue of some conquering Portuguese conquistador
Brazil - Rio City - detail of equestrian statue depicting natives
Brazil - Rio City - detail of equestrian statue depicting natives as living among animals
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area cobblestone streets and
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area cobblestone streets and countless buses
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, looking from Omni
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, looking from Omni Hotel toward the Presbyterian cathedral
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, Presbyterian cathedral
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, Presbyterian cathedral
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, Presbyterian cathedral
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, Presbyterian cathedral
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, park view of
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, park view of Petrobas (oil) headquarters
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, full view of
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, full view of Petrobas (oil) headquarters
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, modern bank building
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, modern bank building
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, San Sebastian Metropolitan Cathedral
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, San Sebastian Metropolitan Cathedral (Catholic)
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, San Sebastian  Metropolitan
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, San Sebastian Metropolitan Cathedral (Catholic)
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, cathedral steeple  and
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, cathedral steeple and office building
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, interior of  Metropolitan
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, interior of Metropolitan Cathedral
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, interior of  Metropolitan
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, interior of Metropolitan Cathedral
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, interior of  Metropolitan
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, interior of Metropolitan Cathedral
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, altar of  Metropolitan
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, altar of Metropolitan Cathedral
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, stained glass  window
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, stained glass window of Metropolitan Cathedral
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, St Francis  statue
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, St Francis statue in Metropolitan Cathedral
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, 'Joker' graffiti at
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, 'Joker' graffiti at bus stop
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, decorative walkway
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, decorative walkway
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, office buildings
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, office buildings
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area has many magazine
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area has many magazine kiosks that also sell books.
Brazil is soccer crazy; Rio local team
Brazil is soccer crazy; Rio local team
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, municipal theatre on
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, municipal theatre on Plaza Floriano
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, cultural building on
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, cultural building on Plaza Floriano
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, statue of composer/conductor
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, statue of composer/conductor Heitor Villa-Lobos on Plaza Floriano
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, drama motifs on
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, drama motifs on Plaza Floriano
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, decorative walkway on
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, decorative walkway on Plaza Floriano
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, teacher rally on
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, teacher rally on Plaza Floriano
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, colorful workers on
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, colorful workers on Plaza Floriano
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, architectural details on
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, architectural details on Plaza Floriano
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, national library on
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, national library on Plaza Floriano
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, memorial statue on
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, memorial statue on Plaza Floriano
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, memorial statue on
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, memorial statue on Plaza Floriano depicting Portuguese conquest over natives
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, memorial statue on
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, memorial statue on Plaza Floriano depicting Portuguese conquest over natives
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, memorial statue on
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, memorial statue on Plaza Floriano depicting Portuguese conquest over natives
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, statue detail on
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, statue detail on Plaza Floriano
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, book and CD
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, book and CD market on Plaza Floriano
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, book and CD market
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, book and CD market on Plaza Floriano
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, Odeon Cinema  in
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, Odeon Cinema in art deco building
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, art deco detail
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, art deco detail
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, elegant buildings
Brazil - Rio City - Centro area, elegant buildings