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Travel Diary: Escadaria Selarón in Lapa, Rio de Janeiro

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Another key site to see in Rio de Janeiro are the iconic Selarón steps, which became a Rio city landmark in 2005, in the bohemian and artistic neighbourhood of Lapa. 

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The steps straddle both the Lapa and Santa Teresa neighbourhoods, and run from Joaquim Silva Street and Manuel Carneiro street.

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This tiling is the work of Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón, who actually lived in a house along the steps.

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As the story goes, Selarón began renovating the dilapidated steps that ran along the front of his house in 1990.

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Predominantly a painter and ceramist, what started out as a side project for Selarón soon turned into an obsession.

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Over twenty years he covered the steps in full.

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Originally he’d used blue, green and yellow tiles to match the colours of the Brazillian flag.

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These tiles  – and fragments of tiles – were often scavenged.

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But as time went on many of the tiles were donated by visitors from all around the world.

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Selarón considered his work on the steps as a personal tribute to the Brazilian people.

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As you climb the steps you’ll see tourists and locals alike, either going about their daily business or visiting to appreciate the steps.

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All these homes near the steps are beautifully decorated in so many gorgeous colours.

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And not just with tiles, but also painted to be wonderfully colourful.

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And if you climb the 215 steps you’ll get to enjoy a close-up view of the Brazillian flag.

Much love, Katie xo

2 thoughts on “Travel Diary: Escadaria Selarón in Lapa, Rio de Janeiro

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