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Photo by Silviano for www.ipanema.com. All rights reserved. Todos os direitos reservados. Copacabana Palace is a neoclassical gem by French architect Joseph Gire inspired in grand hotels like the Negresco in Nice and the Carlton in Cannes. It has played an important role in the social and cultural life of the city since it opened its doors in the 20's. Edith Piaf, Orson Wells, Carmen Miranda, Rock Hudson, Queen Elisabeth (and Prince Charles and Diana) have already enjoyed their hospitality.
Taking a photo under the mermaid of Itahy Building (Av. Copacabana, 252) is one of the highlights of your walking tour around Copacabana's Lido. Fancy entrances finished in materials like copper, cast iron, alabaster, and Italian marble were one of the selling points of the skyscrapers (from 8 to 12 stories high). They attracted upper class Cariocas to this new neighborhood that, not long before, used to be considered a distant place to go for picnics on the sand or therapeutic sea baths. Photo by Silviano for www.ipanema.com. All rights reserved. Todos os direitos reservados.
Photo by Silviano for www.ipanema.com. All rights reserved. Todos os direitos reservados. Most of these neoclassical and art-deco buildings are concentrated in the rectangle from street Ronald de Carvalho to Av. Princesa Isabel between the beach and Av. Copacabana (map here). Brazilian elements are often incorporated, creating a unique tropical version of the styles. Lido Square is particularly interesting as there are architectural landmarks on one side, and go-go bars on the other. Copacabana has fun for everyone...
These skyscrapers had huge 4 or 5-bedroom apartments usually with only one master bathroom and another for the housemaids (having two or three live-ins was the norm then). As parking was not yet a concern, none of these buildings have a garage. Today many of these suspended mansions were adapted into offices, language schools and other businesses - especially the ones along Av. Copacabana. Others are still home to the original tenants. This neighborhood has a higher concentration of senior citizens than any other in Rio. Photo by Silviano for www.ipanema.com. All rights reserved. Todos os direitos reservados.

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