Morro dos Prazeres

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Morro dos Prazeres - "Hill of Pleasures" - is a favela in the Southern Zone, the Zona Sul of the Brazilian metropolis Rio de Janeiro. It is part of the quarter Santa Teresa, which is roughly 2.5 km northeast, and although considered pacified,[1] has recently been the site of murders by gunshot of two tourists who inadvertently wandered into the community. "[1]" Settlement of the Morro dos Prazeres began in 1940 and the census of 2010 suggested a population of 2136 people.[2] The mountain, respectively hill, the favela is named after has an altitude of 275 metres.

The name is a tribute to Mother Maria dos Prazeres, who held masses on the base of the hill, an area where once was a chapel. These days there is an apartment block.

Morro dos Prazeres is part of the statistical unit Escondidinho / Prazeres.

Community Residences
Vila Elza 317 131
Rua Projetada A 521 211
Vila Anchieta 854 286
Morro do Escondidinho 1,758 599
Morro dos Prazeres 2,136 643
Total 5,586 1,870
Instituto Pereira Passos - IBGE, Censo Demográfico (2010).

The favela has found wider attention as a location of the 2008 movie Elite Squad (Tropa de Elite) and as venue of Rockgol, a football event starring musicians staged by MTV, in 2011.[3]


  1. ^ Aécio Amado: Comunidade pacificada do Rio recebe exposição itinerante do Museu Histórico Nacional, Agência Brasil, 2013-07-12.
  2. ^ Fernanda Pernasetti, Octaviano Araújo, Jeferson Dias: Escondidinho / Prazeres, UPP Social (Prefeitura de Rio do Janeiro), 2011-05-20.
  3. ^ Morro dos Prazeres no Rio de Janeiro sediou o campeonato Rock Gol MTV 2011, Sportlink, 2011-04-07.

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