The Villa Aymoré is an architectural ensemble built in the eclectic style – trendy in nineteenth-century Europe – with delicate and elegant lines of a colonial past.
Located in an alley whose name refers to the Tupinambá tribe, the first occupants of the Glória hill. The houses composing the Villa Aymoré is also a neighbour of the Church of the “Outeiro da Glória” one of the most important examples of Baroque of the city. At the time of the empire, however, the Baroness of Sorocaba’s palace, sister to the famous Marquesa de Santos – both lovers of the Emperor – was located at the end of the alley. Legend has it that the stone path leading from the Aymorés Grove to the Church of Glory was used by Dom Pedro I to visit his mistress without arousing suspicion.
Built between the years 1908 and 1910 as a high standard villa and acquired in 2010 by the Landmark, Villa Aymoré re-entered urban life as a high-end commercial venture. More than rescuing Villa Aymoré, it is about giving back to the city a part of its history and culture.
Raymond Monvoisin – “View of Rio de Janeiro from Nossa Senhora da Glória’s churchyard.”
Oil on canvas, 1847 | From the collection of Sérgio Fadel, Rio de Janeiro.
A Villa no Rio Antigo
In 1916, the entrepreneur Antonio Mendes Campos, built the last house of Villa Aymoré, nº 10, called Villa Iracema. He had already built the first house of Villa Aymoré, which gave its name to the ensemble, and, later, the other houses which also have indigenous names. He honoured his former partner and uncle of his wife Zulmira and the indigenous movement popularised mainly by the novelist José de Alencar.
– Nireu Oliveira Cavalcanti, author of “Villa Aymoré”, 2015, Page 39