RIO de JANEIRO

 

     
  Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil, with over 5,750,000 inhabitants, on the South Atlantic coast. Famous for its breathtaking landscape, its laidback beach culture and its annual carnival, Rio de Janeiro is the country’s cultural capital and "emotional" capital.

Its harbor is comprised of a unique entry from the ocean that makes it appear as the mouth of a river. Rio de Janeiro, was discovered on the 1st of January 1502 by Portuguese navigators who mistook the entrance of Guanabara Bay for the mouth of a river. The Portuguese crown established the city of Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro. After 2 years of bloody conflict with the French, settlers began to cultivate the surrounding fertile lands. At the beginning of the 18th century the city's importance and population increased immensely when it became the main shipping port for gold and diamonds that came from Minas Gerais.

In 1763 the colonial capital of Brazil was transferred from Salvador da Bahia to Rio de Janeiro. In 1808, as Napoleon's armies began their invasion of Portugal, the decision was made to transfer the Portuguese monarch and his court to Rio de Janeiro, where he would remain until 1821. During this time Brazil was elevated in status from a colony to an United Kingdom with Portugal. With the advent of Independence, Rio became the capital of the new empire. The city prospered economically, and by 1891 it had a population of over 500,000 inhabitants ranking it one of the largest cities in the world at the time. As the city grew in prominence, mountains were removed, bay water reclaimed, and skyscrapers constructed.

 
   
  With the inauguration of Brasilia in 1960, Rio de Janeiro ceased to be Brazil's capital. As the former capital of Brazil, Rio has a remarkable architectural heritage, some of the country's best museums and galleries, superb restaurants and a vibrant nightlife – in addition to its legendary beaches.

Rio de Janeiro has a majestic beauty, with built-up areas nestled between a magnificent bay and dazzling beaches on one side and an abruptly rising mountain range, covered by a luxuriant tropical forest, on the other. The mountainous areas includes Sugar Loaf mountain at 395 m (1,296 feet), Corcovado Peak at 704 m (2,310 feet), and the hills of Tijuca at 1,021 m (3,350 feet). This unique landscape makes Rio de Janeiro one of the most beautiful cities in the world, justifying its title of "Marvelous City" (Cidade Maravilhosa) and makes the harbor one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
 
     
  Rio's cultural life is intense and varied. Perhaps at no time is the city's festive reputation better displayed than during the annual carnival which enlivens the city for 3 solid days with music, singing, parties, balls, and street parades of brilliantly-costumed dancers performing the samba.

Economically, Rio is a service industry center, a key financial center, and the producer of food products, building materials, electrical equipment, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, beverages, and textiles. Yet its tourism industry continues to thrive. With its world famous beaches, such as, Copacabana and Ipanema, its splendid bay, one of the loveliest in the world, and its wonderful climate, a blend of summer and springtime, Rio de Janeiro is a city that lives in and for the sun.
 
     
   
 

School Facilities

 
     
 

BridgeBrazil Centre: located in the downtown area of Rio, close to public transportation and the Uruguaiana metro station and just a few blocks from the famous SAARA flea market with everything you could need at incredible prices.

Between classes, students can walk a few blocks over to the renowned Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, one of the liveliest cultural centers in Brazil, or to the Praça XV de Novembro and catch the ferry boat to Niterói where one can enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Modern and comfortable facilities that provides students with everything they could need while studying in Rio de Janeiro. The centre occupies a floor in a 10-story building, and features 10 classrooms with TVs and DVD players, central heat and air-conditioning, and computers with free Internet and WiFi. There is also a wonderful café located in the building.

 
     

 

 

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