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Duque de Caxias

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Theater of Caxias, designed by Oscar Niemeyer

Duque de Caxias is a town in the state of Rio de Janeiro, in the Southeast of Brazil.

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  • Nossa Senhora do Pilar Parochial Church (Igreja Paroquial Nossa Senhora do Pilar), Estrada Velha do Pilar. Constructed in 1720, the church has strong baroque features similar to constructions in Minas Gerais.
  • São Bento Farm (Fazenda São Bento). The oldest farm in the region, it was purchased by the São Bento monastery in 1591. On the site are the ruins of a chapel built in 1645 and a large house built in the 1750s.

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  • Portela, Rua Almirante Barroso, 5/6, Duque de Caxias. One of the oldest samba school, it has performed in every Carnaval since at least 1923. It is the home school of many famous musicians, including Candeia, Monarco, Elis Regina, Gilberto Gil, Marisa Monte, and Zeca Pagodinho. On Wednesdays at 8PM, you can watch a rehearsal. Free.

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