Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro

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Jardim Botânico
Neighborhood
Jardim Botânico is located in Rio de Janeiro
Jardim Botânico
Jardim Botânico
Location in Rio de Janeiro
Coordinates: 22°57′48″S 43°13′20″W / 22.96333°S 43.22222°W / -22.96333; -43.22222Coordinates: 22°57′48″S 43°13′20″W / 22.96333°S 43.22222°W / -22.96333; -43.22222
Country  Brazil
State Rio de Janeiro (RJ)
Municipality/City Rio de Janeiro
Zone South Zone

Jardim Botânico (English: Botanical Garden) is a residential neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, located north of Ipanema and Leblon, just across Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas and east of Gávea. Jardim Botânico lies in the affluent South Zone of Rio de Janeiro.

The district got its name as it grew around the city's world-famous Botanical Garden. The residents are generally upper-middle to upper class and do not live near a favela, which is rare in the city. It differs from most of Rio's neighbourhoods due to the large number of large detached houses, again not that common in the densely populated south zone. It is home to many Brazilian celebrities and the headquarters of the nation-wide television network, Rede Globo. Many of Rede Globo's studios are in the neighbourhood.

The main road in the borough is the Rua Jardim Botanico (Jardim Botanico Street). The neighborhood leads to Rio de Janeiro's large Tijuca Forest, using a road that winds up through the mountainous forest.

One of Rio de Janeiro's most famous carnival blocs parades annually through the streets of Jardim Botanico. The bloc calls itself "Suvaco do Cristo", which translates to "Armpit of the Christ" because Jardim Botânico lies right underneath the right armpit of Rio de Janeiro's most prominent landmark, world famous Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue.