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Paco Imperial

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Praca 15 de Novembro 48, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20010-010, Brazil
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Reviewed September 16, 2018

"Paço Imperial" had its construction started in 1748 at the old historical center of Rio. Nearby, on the blue waters of "Baía de Guanabara", a quay received all boats heading to the Portuguese colony of Brazil. Almost 300 hundred years later, many things have passed...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank LuizDutraNeto
Reviewed February 28, 2018

Located next to the Praca Quinze de Novembro. the Imperial Palace was finished in 1743 and was originally built to accommodate the governors of the Brazilian colony. In 1808 it became a royal residence when King John VI of Portugual (and later King of Brazil)...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank westy54
Reviewed November 25, 2016

When D. João VI flew from Portugal to Brazil in 1807 in order to scape from the grips of Napoleon, he brought with him a new era to the colony. It was after the arrival of the Royal Family that Rio de Janeiro became the...More

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Tiago F
Reviewed October 2, 2016

If you are in the area during opening times (12:00-18:00. Closed on Mondays) it's worth stepping in and walking around, there are exhibits and also a café. It's interesting to compare the colonial feel of it (Imperial) to the Tiradentes Palace (Republic) next door.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Evelyn B
Reviewed September 8, 2016

Located at the corner of the flagstone square Praca XV, this colonial building built in 1743 was the seat of the government until the Portuguese Royal Family arrived in Brazil in 1808 after leaving Europe to escape the Napoleonic Wars. The modest two floor building...More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank KLE2013
Reviewed August 1, 2016 via mobile

Paço Imperial is an historical building located in the business center of Rio de Janeiro. As a historical site it is not that impressive. The building is relatively well maintained, but it is not specially significant as an architectural sample. Despite that, the visit is...More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank vanicevalle
Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

Despite its historical importance to Brazill expect nothing more than poor architecture and empty rooms only. Enjoy a nice and welcome restaurant inside.

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank albali1971
Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

The building was because of military ways an important building. Now, there's a restaurant inside the place and you can only see some empty rooms with art on the wall

Date of experience: April 2016
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Reviewed February 27, 2016

Interesting, as a Brazilian, I was not aware about that place so full of historic background. Unfortunately, the temporarily exposition was really poor, but, the building itself was worth a visit

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank ccassens
Reviewed January 28, 2016 via mobile

As unique as it might sound, this is where it happened. Many kingdoms have ruled oceans. Many kings has reached across seas. But never a king ♔ came to his colony and rule trough it. Brazil (Portugal colony) housed the emperor and, from here, he...More

Date of experience: January 2016
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