Escadaria Selarón is commonly known as or is referred to as the "Selaron Steps". I, however, just say the Brazilian Steps because my tongue gets tied trying to pronounce Se-la-ron (with accent). It should be noted that these steps are one of the most famous tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro.
The artwork of the stairs was a tribute to Brazilians, that was done by Jorge Selarón who ironically was of Chilean nationality. He had traveled the world and worked as a sculptor and painter in more than 50 countries before he decided to live in Rio de Janeiro.
Selaron was poor and earned a living from the paintings that he sold. He then started to repair the dilapidated steps that surrounded his home in lapa.
What I found most interesting is the "Noah effect" he had on his community. I say Noah effect because everyone in his community mocked him because of the vibrant colors that he used and even the paintings that he drew. However, what started as a pet project became an obsession and now one of the most beautiful must-see historical places in Brazil.
I found the view very beautiful and breath-taking especially the more you ascend, the more you see the layout of Brazil from a different point of view.
On my way to the steps, there were murals along the sidewalks, on buildings and walls that were very beautiful and inspirational. Every time I see them, I fall in love with them over and over again. Here are a few:
I had so much fun being here!!! When you get an opportunity to be in RIO this is a must place to see!!!!