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Escadaria Selarón
Rio de Janeiro Top 5 in Instagram-Worthy Locations

89 Reviews
Featured Neighborhood
Liked by 1
Open Open 24 hours
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 30 minutes
Address: R. Joaquim Silva, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20241-110, Brazil
Phone: +55-21-964372680

What people are saying:

Beautiful stairs with an incredible story! Be sure to go up all 215 stairs to see their beauty! Also take time to admire the unique tiles used to create the art! Be sure to be careful in the surrounding neighborhoods though, as they are not known for being the nicest.

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It was originally an average cement stairway in the slums, the Chilean artist George Selelon refurbished it with tiles recovered from the rubbish, and later added donations from local tourists and his own creations. Each of the more than 200 steps is a painting. On both sides of the steps, it is also a wall with different heights created by tiles. The backgrounds of these two sides are red, and various patterns are spelled out in different colors. Each tile is a story. Some of the tiles on the steps are divided into two pieces, which are respectively attached to the upper and lower steps. When they are put together, they make a complete picture when viewed from the side.
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