So what are those amazing steps in Rio that everyone seems to talk about? The steps are called Escadaria Selaron (Selaron Steps, Selaron’s Staircase, or simply Lapa Steps) in the honor of the Chilean artist who created this incredible work of art.
Jorge Selarón (1947-2013) was a talented painter, ceramist, and a World traveler, who eventually settled in Rio and lived there until the time of his death. And if you’re wondering where did he live exactly – the answer is: in an obscure house right next to these magnificent steps.
There are 215 steps in total, covered by more than 2,000 tiles from all over the World. Since the artist was not a rich man, a significant number of tiles were donated or shipped by foreign and local visitors, that admired his work. It took Jorge more than 20 years to assemble this masterpiece, and in fact he was still working on it at the time of his passing.
The Selaron Steps have quickly became widely known in Rio, and beyond – transforming this less than popular (or safe) neighborhood into one of the city’s top attractions. And in addition to drawing an influx of of tourists on a daily basis, this site is often used during various video and photo shoots. One should still be vigilant when visiting this area though, and stay away from this place after dark.
Location: the steps are located in Santa Teresa, they start at the top on Rua Joaquim Silva, and end at the bottom on Ladeira de Santa Teresa. To be exact – they are actually intersecting two areas – Santa Teresa and Lapa, hence the other name – Lapa Steps.
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