Exploring the History of Rio’s ‘English Cemetery’ in Gamboa

After being ceded to the British by Dom João VI in 1809, the first burial at the English Cemetery took place in 1811, making the site well over 200 years old.

By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Situated around twenty minutes ride away on the VLT from central Rio’s Cinelândia station, the ‘Cemitério dos Ingleses’ (English Cemetery) in Gamboa is a true hidden gem that holds many fascinating stories about British-Brazilian interactions throughout the city’s history. Here’s why it’s well worth a visit, and how to get there.

Chris Hieatt, Honorary Treasurer of the cemetery, has been involved in its running for sixteen years. “The best way to get to the . . .

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