Laranjeiras

Laranjeiras (Portuguese for "orange trees") is a primarily residential neighborhood located in the Southern Zone of Rio de Janeiro. It is one of the city's oldest neighborhoods, having been founded in the 17th century, with the construction of country houses in the valley located around the Carioca River, which bordered the Corcovado Mountain. Because of this, the neighborhood was previously called "Vale do Carioca", meaning Carioca Valley.

Well known landmarks in Laranjeiras include; the Palácio Guanabara (the seat of the state government of Rio de Janeiro), the Palácio Laranjeiras, the Parque Guinle (Guinle Park), as well as the headquarters and Laranjeiras Stadium of Fluminense Football Club.

Laranjeiras is adjacent to the Cosme Velho neighborhood.

Laranjeiras' main streets (ruas) are:

*Rua das Laranjeiras
*Rua Conde de Baependi
*Rua Pinheiro Machado
*Rua General Glicério
*Rua Pereira da Silva
*Rua Alice
*Rua São Salvador
*Rua Gago Coutinho
*Rua Mário Portela
*Rua Sebastião Lacerda
*Rua Cardoso Júnior
*Rua Pires de Almeida.

Well-known people that live, or have lived in Laranjeiras include:

*the singer, composer and poet Cartola (Angenor de Oliviera)
*the singer Cássia Eller
*the writer Machado de Assis
*the actress Mel Lisboa
*the actor Paulo Gracindo
*the human rights lawyer Heráclito Fontoura Sobral Pinto.

External links

* [http://jwg.student.utwente.nl/riodejaneiro/br/bairros/laranjeiras.htm Os Bairros] (the districts of Rio de Janeiro, in Portuguese)


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