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Address: Praca 15 de Novembro 48, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Rio de Janeiro Historical Architecture Sightseeing Tour
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Brazilian History

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... read more

Reviewed 27 February 2016
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Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 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 country's capital. This very building, the Paço became the house of the D. João VI... More 

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Maracaibo, Venezuela
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286 reviews
127 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 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.

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Thank evyboo
Centreville, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 962 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 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 had a third floor added when it became the Imperial Palace. As the building now... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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96 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 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 worthy. You can find a fine CD and bookstore; and three different restaurants in it.... More 

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Thank vanicevalle
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 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.

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Thank Alessandro L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 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

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Thank Hans J
Sao Paulo, Brazil
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 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

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Thank ccassens
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 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 ruled the Brazilian / Portuguese Kingdom for a while. That's a unique story. Dom Pedro... More 

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Thank Frederico M
London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2015

Popped in for what was expected to be a quick poke around, only to discover a little treasure trove of wonderful modern art exhibitions, and all of them free to visit as well. This really was a fabulous discovery, and a highlight of our trip to Rio.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 599 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2015

Imperial palaces are quite rare, so if you have an opportunity to see one, you probably should take it. They've got two in Vienna, the Hofburg and Schonbrunn, and you’d be delighted with both of them. Versailles and San Souci aren't even imperial; they're mere dime-a-dozen royal palaces, but still worth going well out of your way to see. The... More 

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Downtown Rio is the place where this city was born. With modern skyscrapers sharing space with historical buildings and landmarks, this neighbourhood is living proof that the old and the new can live together harmoniously. As you would expect, downtown is where all major companies house their offices. However, the region isn’t restricted to businesses. Gems such like the “Paço Imperial,” which is a cultural centre that used to serve as a residence for governors of Brazil, can be found here. Pedra do Sal, a Monday night street party, is also in this neighbourhood. This landmark is the birthplace of samba and is famous for its “roda de sambas” (“dance circles”). Stop in for one and get closer to discovering where Brazilian happiness comes from.
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