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Imperial de São Cristóvão

Imperial de São Cristóvão
Imperial de São Cristóvão is located in Rio de Janeiro
Imperial de São Cristóvão
Imperial de São Cristóvão
Imperial de São Cristóvão is located in Brazil
Imperial de São Cristóvão
Imperial de São Cristóvão
Location in Rio de Janeiro
Coordinates: 22°54′00″S 43°13′20″W / 22.90000°S 43.22222°W / -22.90000; -43.22222Coordinates: 22°54′00″S 43°13′20″W / 22.90000°S 43.22222°W / -22.90000; -43.22222
Country  Brazil
State Rio de Janeiro (RJ)
Municipality/City Rio de Janeiro
Zone Centro

São Cristóvão (officially named Imperial de São Cristóvão) is a traditional neighborhood located in North of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.



The first inhabitants were the Tamoio Indians. After Brazil was discovered and colonized by Portugal, the Jesuits inhabited the place. In 1759, the Marquis of Pombal expelled the Jesuits, and the farms of the region were divided up to form small farms and quintas (residences located in rural properties). One of these was the Quinta da Boa Vista.

In 1810, King John VI of Portugal adopted the Quinta da Boa Vista as his official residence, the Paço de São Cristóvão. Around it mansions and streets were built and electric light was installed. The local aristocracy moved to the neighborhood.

During the 19th century, several meters of land were reclaimed from the sea, and the swamps were drained. Pedro II of Brazil, who was the country's second emperor, was born and bred in the neighborhood and from there he ruled the country for almost half a century. During his reign the neighborhood was modernized and industries were installed. He was deposed by a military coup on November 15, 1889 and the Quinta da Boa Vista became a museum in 1893.

In 1940, the Avenida Brasil, the most important road to transport the neighborhood's production, was inaugurated.

Especially during the 1950s and the 1960s, the industrialization of the area attracted migrants from several different regions of Brazil, particularly from the Northeast.


São Cristóvão is the home of São Cristóvão de Futebol e Regatas, which is a traditional Rio de Janeiro football (soccer) club. The club's stadium, Estádio Figueira de Melo, commonly known by its nickname Figueirinha, is also located in the neighborhood.

Cultural attractionsEdit

Former Imperial Palace, now National Museum, located in the Quinta da Boa Vista.

The neighbourhood has several historical buildings, some of which are historical museums like the Museu do Primeiro Reinado and the Museu Militar Conde de Linhares.

The National Museum, its library and the zoological garden of Rio de Janeiro are located in the Quinta da Boa Vista park.

There are two churches in the neighborhood, Church of São Cristóvão (Igreja de São Cristóvão) and Church of Saint Edwigs (Igreja de Santa Edwiges).

The São Cristóvão's Fair (Feira de São Cristóvão) is another popular attraction. It is always carried out on Sundays, by the Northeast Region community.

Notable residentsEdit


  1. ^ Trigo, Luciano. "‘Imagens podem ser apropriadas por qualquer um’, diz Carlos Latuff." G1 (O Globo). 25 January 2013. Retrieved on June 18, 2014. "nascido no subúrbio carioca de São Cristóvão:" (Carioca means from Rio de Janeiro)

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