A chance to discover more about the evocative history of the port zone of Rio as the area gets its 2016 makeover
Extensive renovations can bury the history of a place, but they can also unearth it. This is what has happened during work to revitalise the port area of Rio, the somwhat gloomy and foreboding region where Centro meets the bay. The old headquarters of the Institute of Historical and Artistic Heritage in Rio, closed for the works, has now opened its doors to the public once more with an exhibition highlighting this atmospheric building's history when it belonged to the Companhia Docas de Santos since its construction in 1908. Besides the architecture itself, a mixture of intricate stonemasonry and industrial iron fittings with alternately baroque and Renaissance touches, the journey back in time includes photographs and texts about the building's industrial past. It's a fantastic chance to see the Rio of old in its grandeur, when Rio Branco was known as Avenida Central and the port was the thriving hub of trade and business activity in the city.