Tucked away between the hill top of Santa Teresa and a side street of Lapa is a crazy and colorful stairway covered with red, green and yellow tiles. The Selaron Steps are the work of Chilean-born artist Jorge Selaron who came to Rio in 1983 and started work on the stairs in 1990.
The stairway has 215 steps measuring 125 metres, covered with 2000 majolica tiles collected in urban areas of Rio and from over 60 countries around the world.
Amongst the tiles, are red-coloured unique pieces which according to Selaron were a tribute to the Brazilian people. Some 300-odd tiles were hand painted by him depicting a pregnant African woman which he said was a ‘Personal problem from my past’.
The Selaron Steps are a must visit when in Rio. We were holidaying in Rio in the month of August in 2017
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