Glória was one of the neighborhoods that changed the most over the years, yet its streets still preserve important stories from the past. The ocean waves used to come in close to the entrance to the famous Hotel Glória, but construction of the Aterro do Flamengo landfill caused the neighborhood to lose a good part of its beach access.
The Nossa Senhora da Glória do Outeiro Church, built in the 18th century, lends the neighborhood its name. The view from the church presents the natural beauty that only the Cidade Maravilhosa can offer.
Until the 1930s, the neighborhood was home to hotels that served as the residence for representatives and senators from Rio. A good part of its architecture and urban planning was inspired by France, like the Praça Paris, with a real French garden. It was also in this neighborhood that Machado de Assis, alongside other writers, musicians, and personalities, created the famous Beethoven Club, a select group that met to hear the works of the German composer.
During the 20th century, many row homes in eclectic style and a good part of the working class housing gave way to buildings that are part of the neighborhood today. This mixture of small cul-de-sacs, buildings and old row homes gives Glória its charming atmosphere. Narrow, uneven and steep streets set the pace of the neighborhood, that still preserves a certain friendliness in its gray streets.
Besides the Outeiro and Hotel da Glória, the neighborhood features other important buildings and monuments, like the Glória Marina; the Deborah Colker Dance Company, located in the old residence of painter Victor Meirelles; the Milton building, one of the landmarks of Art Deco style in the city; the monument to the 100th anniversary of the opening of the ports in 1908; the statue of Pedro Alvarez Cabral, built in 1900 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Portuguese; and the omnipresent Glória Clock.