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By Leo Cutting, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Nestling between the slopes of Morro Santa Marta and Morro São João sits the Zona Sul (South Zone) neighborhood of Botafogo. While perhaps not as well known as nearby Copacabana, Botafogo is quintessentially Carioca, boasting many of the most famous characteristics of Rio de Janeiro.

Botafogo became a political center when Dom João VI built a residence there in the early 1800s. The presence of the Portuguese royal court caused the area to become popular with nobles and merchants seeking to construct homes of their own.

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