History of Copacabana Beach. Turistas e cariocas adora a Praia de Copacabana.

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Today we’ll talk about one of the most beautiful places in Rio de Janeiro! Let’s study the history of Copacabana beach.

History of Copacabana Beach

Copacabana beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world and it is located in the neighborhood that has the same name of the beach, the neighborhood of Copacabana, which is in the South Zone of Rio. Visitors from all over the world come to Rio de Janeiro to visit this beach and drink caipirinha while the get a suntan in a hot day.

In the beginning, Copacabana beach had a different name. It was called Sacopenapã, from the Tupi language, but in the 18th century it changed because of the construction of a chapel named Nossa Senhora de Copacabana on a rock, by the end of the beach. Later, the chapel was demolished and Forte de Copacabana took place.

In 1922, one of the most important events in Brazil’s history happened. This event was known as Revolta dos 18. It was a military rebellion that aimed to finish the old republic and start the new democracy. The soldiers marched all along the beach, from Forte de Copacabana to Forte do Leme. During the march some of them gave up and there were only 17 soldiers and one civilian left, that’s the reason of the name Revolta dos 18.

One year later, in 1923, Copacabana Palace was first opened, as Casino Hotel, however, with the prohibition of gambling in 1946 in Brazil, the casino had to be closed. Nowadays the hotel is considered a historical heritage in Brazil.

As Copacabana beach became very popular in the 20th century, it was necessary to enlarge the space for the sand in order to have a larger recreation area (for beach volleyball and beach soccer) and also to prevent the undertow from reaching Nossa Senhora de Copacabana Avenue.

Copacabana beach nowadays

History of Copacabana Beach. É possível ver toda a Praia de Copacabana no Forte do Leme.

Nowadays, Copacabana beach is extremely know by hosting several events in the city of Rio de Janeiro, such as competitions during the 2016 Olympics, international concerts and one of the biggest parties in the world, the New Year. In New Year, Copacabana beach receives about 2 million people every year and it is considered one of the main places to celebrate.

The beach restaurants are part of the beach’s commercial area and they attract all kinds of people. It’s very common to see a carioca having a beer or some coconut water while appreciating the landscape.


Zona Sul
Século XVIII
Jogos de cassino
Patrimônio histórico
Área de lazer
Prédios e edifícios
Virada do ano
South Zone
To get a suntan
Tupi (Brazilian indian language)
18th Century
Historical heritage

To become popular
Recreation area

To host

New year
Quiosque (beach restaurant)

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