Girl from Ipanema Park
Tags: Antonio Carlos Jobim, Arpoador Promontory, Bossa Nova Song, Fort Copacabana, Girl of Ipanema Park, Heritage, Norman Gimbel, The Arpoador Rock, The Environmental Protection Area, Vinicius de Moraes, World Famous Song
The Environmental Protection Area (APA) of Copacabana and Arpoador Promontories, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was created to protect its rocky coast and native plant life species.
The APA ranges from Fort Copacabana to the “Girl from Ipanema” Park.
Fort Copacabana was inaugurated in 1914 with a mission to protect the coast of Rio de Janeiro and the entrance to the harbour. Today the fort provides visitors educational and cultural activities.
In the past, at very end of Arpoador Promontory – The Arpoador Rock- fishermen used to harpoon the wales that came to reproduce in this warm waters. the harpoon used by those fishermen gave them the name and also has been used to identify the rock (in Portuguese Arpoador means fishermen who uses harpoon). The Arpoador Rock is preserved by the Municipal Historic Heritage. Also within the APA limits there is a public square called Girl of Ipanema Park after the world famous song composed by Vinicius de Moraes, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Norman Gimbel .
“The Girl from Ipanema” (“A Garota de Ipanema”) is considered the best-known bossa nova song ever written, and was a worldwide hit in the mid-1960s. It was written in 1962, with music by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Portuguese lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes; English lyrics were later written by Norman Gimbel .
The song was inspired by Heloísa Eneida Menezes Paes Pinto (or simply, Helô Pinheiro), an 18-year-old girl who lived on Montenegro street in the fashionable Ipanema district of Rio de Janeiro. Every day, she would stroll past the popular “Veloso” bar-cafe on the way to the beach, attracting the attention of regulars Jobim and Moraes