Travelers wandering through downtown will pass baroque churches, avant-garde galleries, and imperial buildings. This is the best district in the city to get a taste of Rio’s historic and cultural heritage. If you’re lucky, you may catch one of the regular film festivals at Rio’s Museum of Modern Art, which also hosts rotating photography and design exhibits. Learn about the city’s seafaring legacy at the Candelária Church, which began as a humble chapel founded by a captain who was nearly lost at sea. At the Municipal Theater, visitors can walk the opulent marble halls that host the city’s ballet, orchestra, and opera groups.