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Estádio do Maracanã

Maracana Stadium © Ewen Roberts
Maracana Stadium © Ewen Roberts

Proudly hosting the opening and closing matches of the 2014 Soccer World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games ceremonies, and still the largest soccer stadium on the continent with a capacity of more than 78,000, Rio's Maracana has seen many records set. The stadium hosts local soccer league games, and is the home of the Brazillian soccer team, but the Maracana is also often used by international acts visiting Brazil as a performance venue, with Madonna and Sir Paul McCartney among the big names who have played here. Inside the ground is a Hall of Fame honouring soccer greats such as Pele, Roberto Dinamite, Romário, Valdo and Bebeto, all of whom have been honoured by having their footprints cast in the sidewalk. A guided tour will take you through the hall, where you can enjoy a display of historical photographs and a great panoramic view of the city, among other things.

Address: Rua Professor Eurico Rabelo

Website: www.maracana.com

Opening times: Open daily, from 9am to 5pm

Admission: Basic tour costs BRL 36 (Monday to Thursday), or BRL 40 (Friday to Sunday)