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Dora Alcântara - Architect

Despite being born in Rio de Janeiro, Dora Alcântara spent much of her childhood and adolescence in other states. Her father's military career allowed only vacation trips to the city of Rio de Janeiro, where the girl spent the days with her family in a traditional house in Tijuca neighborhood, and in Copacabana beach. At age 17, Dora finally returned to her homeland and experienced a feeling that has accompanied her to this day, seven decades later. "It was like, from that moment on, I was permanently on vacation. Rio de Janeiro, with its unique nature and welcoming atmosphere, gives us this joy of living," says the architect.

The relationship she has since established with the city has been of deep admiration. Not just for the iconic buildings that stroll through centuries of different architectural styles, but especially the opulent nature. Together, the sea, lagoons, hills, forest, rivers and parks coexist in harmony with the work created by exponents of architecture that left their mark in Rio de Janeiro. "Nothing is as striking in Rio as its natural beauty. Although exemplary such as São Bento Monastery, Outeiro da Gloria, Imperial Palace, Municipal Theater and Gustavo Capanema Palace, what most enchants, what is most impressive, is this unique nature that does not allow us to face with pessimism the difficult time we are going through ", defines Dora who chose to live in the Lagoon neighborhood, surrounded by water and green mountains.

1 - Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) - "One of the wonders of the world. The position with open arms, in addition to evoking the redemptive cross, suggests the welcoming hug, trademark of the carioca. "

2 - Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar) - "It brings us closer to the starting point of the city, Cara de Cão Hill. It also offers a comprehensive view of Rio de Janeiro, especially Guanabara Bay. This meeting of the sea with the mountains is one of the special features of Rio. "

3 - Tijuca Forest - "As if all the beauty of Rio wasn't enough, a forest like Tijuca's in an urban center makes the city exceptional. In addition, its story of a replanting effort is beautiful and serves as an example. "

4 - Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and surroundings - "This place of the city holds in itself the idea of this Rio de Janeiro that was once full of lagoons, many of them grounded. A thrilling landscape, surrounded by hills and green. "

5 – Gloria Hill Church (Outeiro da Glória) - "Besides being beautiful, this church occupies a place with a privileged view and a lot of history. A religious architecture, made by a military man. It also features beautiful tile compositions, an art that characterizes our Luso-Brazilian culture. "

  • 1 - Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) - "One of the wonders of the world. The position with open arms, in addition to evoking the redemptive cross, suggests the welcoming hug, trademark of the carioca. " - Photo: Pedro Kirilos | Riotur

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  • 2 - Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar) - "It brings us closer to the starting point of the city, Cara de Cão Hill. It also offers a comprehensive view of Rio de Janeiro, especially Guanabara Bay. This meeting of the sea with the mountains is one of the special features of Rio. " - Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

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  • 3 - Tijuca Forest - "As if all the beauty of Rio wasn't enough, a forest like Tijuca's in an urban center makes the city exceptional. In addition, its story of a replanting effort is beautiful and serves as an example. " - Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

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  • 4 - Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and surroundings - "This place of the city holds in itself the idea of this Rio de Janeiro that was once full of lagoons, many of them grounded. A thrilling landscape, surrounded by hills and green. " - Photo: Alexandre Macieira | Riotur

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  • 5 – Gloria Hill Church (Outeiro da Glória) - "Besides being beautiful, this church occupies a place with a privileged view and a lot of history. A religious architecture, made by a military man. It also features beautiful tile compositions, an art that characterizes our Luso-Brazilian culture. " - Photo: Michel Filho | Rio City Hall

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