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Paco Imperial

Praca 15 de Novembro 48, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Ranked #136 of 489 Attractions in Rio de Janeiro
Type: Theaters, Historic Sites
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Prague, Czech Republic
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85 reviews 85 reviews
74 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

This is one of the most important imperial buildings in Brazil - the emperors palace. Now is this building used for temporary exhibits. In the ground floor, there is cafebar and free small permanent exhibit about this building (small but nice). Good to visit during our trip through the downtown.

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Puerto Rico
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

This place is full of the history of the Portugueses empire in Brazil. It is definetely worth the visit to udnerstand the basis of the Brazilian country , its former capital (Rio de Janeiro) and its Royal Family. I would come back with more time to get into more detail on this place. Eventhough that it is small to what... More

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Brasilia, DF
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97 reviews 97 reviews
22 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Paço Imperial is an 18th century building that housed the Portuguese royal family when they moved from Portugal to the Brazilian colony. Unfortunately there is not much history to see (other than some tidbits about the building) - if you want more about Brazil head to the nearby Museu Histórico Nacional. But the free exhibits are fine and varied, from... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013 via mobile

Look like a very simple building. Some art inside, but it is only some paintings and beautiful old stairs. It is free of charge so you can check it yourself anyway.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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141 reviews 141 reviews
74 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Adoro passar uma tarde bisbilhotando a lojinha do Paco Imperial e curtindo as exposicoes. Na maioria sao interessantes e imperdiveis. O brownie e o cafezinho tambem sao uma otima pedida e fica dificil nao curtir o lugar. Uma delicia de tarde! A very pleasant afternoon in the Paco Imperial where we can usually see great exhibitions, buy nice souvenirs in... More

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Top Contributor
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629 attraction reviews
585 helpful votes 585 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

Maybe we were unlucky in that during our visit there was only a small exhibition by Anna Maria Niemayer, which held no interest for us. This meant we wandered through empty halls with only a few interactive screens regarding the history of the palace to divert us. We were in and out in 15 minutes.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

It´s localized in downtown, next Carioca station metro. Near there, you find bar, restaurant and nightclubs.

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

The old palace houses temporary exhibitions which might or might not be of interest. But the building is interesting in itself, and there is a small display of its history. Also houses a cafe and a restaurant.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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144 reviews 144 reviews
29 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

One of Rio's most beautiful historic buildings, the Paço Imperial is holds contemporary art exhibitions, has a great coffee shop and an outstanding bookshop (Arlequim) that presents live jazz concerts on weekend afternoons. Worth visiting!

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

Yeah, I know all the guides said it wasn't very pretty. So. Who cares? We did at least expect a museum or SOMETHING! When we got there, we were very disappointed to find out that it had one room of information, and thats about it. Sure, they had a book store and a cafe, but we didn't go out of... More

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