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Niterói faces Rio de Janeiro from across Guanabara Bay. The city has tiny hilltop churches, historical forts, beautiful old buildings, museums, white-sand beaches, bars, and restaurants.

Many places in the city offer stunning panoramic views of the Rio’s beachfront, across the bay. To get to Niteroi from Rio, take a boat (a 20-minute ride) or catamaran (8 minutes) from Praca Quinze de Novembro, or cross the Rio-Niteroi Bridge by car.

Opened in 1973, the impressive bridge is about 8 miles long and has a central span that stands almost 230 feet high.

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1 MUSEU DE ARTE CONTEMPORANEA (MAC) DE NITERÓI

Designed by Oscar Niemeyer, and surrounded by an enormous reflecting pool, the Niteroi Museum of Contemporary Art opened in 1996.

It is a circular building, with a 164-foot-diameter dome resting on a 30-foot base atop the Mirante da BoaViagem lookout.

A large continuous wall of glass forms a ring around the middle of the building, and affords a breathtaking view of the city of Rio de Janeiro.The museum houses the collection of art collector and dealer João Sattamini. It has about 1200 pieces of contemporary Brazilian art, featuring works by artists including Hélio Oiticica,Tomie Ohtake, and José Rezende.

The museum is the first building along the Caminho Niemeyer (Niemeyer Path). Mirante da Boa Viagem, Boa Viagem.

2 CAMINHO NIEMEYER

This path is a work in progress. According to the plan, this path will have nine buildings and a plaza. Its inception will make Niterói the city with the highest number of works by Niemeyer after Brasilia.

The buildings many of which are in different phases of planning and construction – will occupy a stretch of beach between Centro and Praia da Boa Viagem.

Those that have already been built include the contemporary art museum (mentioned above) and Praҫa Juscelino Kubitschek, in the front of Plaza Shopping.

Two sculptures in the Praҫa Juscelino Kubitschek pay homage to former Brazilian president Juscelino Kubitschek and to Niemeyer himself.

Memorial Roberto Silveira, named in honor of the former governor of Rio de Janeiro, resembles an Indian dwelling. It will house the city’s historical and iconographic archives.

As of late 2006, visitors could only enter the building itself, not yet the archives (Avenida Visconde do Rio Branco, former Vila Olímpica, Centro.

The Teatro Popular, whose silhouette is reminiscent of Sugarloaf Mountain, has been recently completed, but it is not yet open to the public.There are still no set opening dates for the other projects.

3 FORTALEZA DE SANTA CRUZ

Niterói has at least six historical forts.

Fortaleza de Santa Cruz is the most noteworthy of these. Its builders constructed it out of Portuguese stones in the place where, in 1555, two cannons protected the entrance to the bay.

Overtime, it underwent modifications and even briefly operated as a prison. One can still see the prisoners‘ cells and the bullet marks in the firing-squad wall.

Capela de Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara Chapel), was built in the 17th cent ury and rebui it in th e early 20th century.

The outdoor area, next to the old cannons, provides inviting views of the sea and of Sugarloaf Mountain on the other side of the bay. Estrada General Eurico Gaspar Dutra, Jurujuba.

4 TEATRO MUNICIPAL JOÃO CAETANO

The theater is one of the oldest theaters in the country.

João Caetano Municipal Theater opened in 1827. Most now consider its architecture to be eclectic in style, especially after several renovations.

Details such as the elaborate paintings in the Salão Nobre (auditorium) were restored in 1995. The theater features paintings by GermanThomas Driendl, who was initially hired in 1888 to work on set design and decoration.

There is also a room for talks and workshops. Show details are available at www.tmnit.com.br . Rua Quinze de Novembro, 35, Centro.

5 SOLAR DO JAMBEIRO

Built in 1872 by a Portuguese businessman, Solar do Jarnbeiro is an example of 19th -century urban residential architecture. Its faҫade has Portuguese tiles, while large, handpainted roof tiles from the Portuguese city of Porto cover the eves.The manor house, which is home to a collection of intaglio prints and paintings by the artists Hilda and Quirino Campofiorito, also holds tempo rary exhibitions. Rua Presidente Domíciano, 195, São Domingos.

6 MUSEU ANTONIO PARREIRAS

This museum occupies a late 19th -century house designed by Ramos de Azevedo.

The painter Antonio Parreiras (1860- 1937) lived here, and it now holds about fifty of his works. Rua Tiradentes, 47, Ingá.

7 MUSEU DE HISTORIA E ARTES DO RIO DE JANEIRO

Also known as Museu do lngá, this museum holds a collection of folk art and modern Brazilian art.Workshops taught by Anna Letycia in this museum produced some important intaglio printers in the 1970s and 1980s. Ruaa Presidente Pedreira, 78, Ingá.

8 IGREJA SÃO LOURENÇO DOS INDIOS

With itsJesuit architecture and heritage-site status, the Igreja São Lourenҫo dos indios Church is the oldest church in the city.

It has a statue of St. Lawrence, a 17th -century retable, and a beautiful baptismal basin. It occupies the spot where a wattle-and-daub chapel used to stand, replaced in the 18th -century by this stone and lime construction.

The church was restored in 2000 and 2001. Praҫa General Rondon, Morro de Sitio Lourenҫo.

9 PARQUE DA CIDADE

Situated in an environmental refuge almost 886 feet above sea level.

Parque da Cidade (City Park) offers a panoramic view of Piratininga and Itaipu lakes, Guanabara Bay, and the beaches and skyline of Rio de Janeiro.

It has a tourist center,a cafeteria, and hang-gliding and paragliding ramps. Hang-gliding and paragliding flights from here are shorter than those from Pedra Bonita, in São Conrado, Rio, because they start from a lower altitude.

BEACHES

The beaches near the entrance to the bay are the most popular. Piratininga, Camboinhas, and Itaipu beaches all have stretches of calm waters and white sand, and simple restaurants and bars serve fresh seafood.

Camboinhas is popular among sailors and windsurfers.

Itaipu, where is home to a fishing village, has a beautiful view of Rio de Janeiro and has the Museu de Arqueologia (Archeology Museum). This museum displays objects from archeological sites (Praҫa de ltaipu, ltaipu).

Further away, the beach of Itacoatiara has rougher waters, which attract surfers and young people.

The bars and restaurants, which line the promenades of beaches such as São Francisco and Charitas, can get quite lively at night.

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