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Ilha Fiscal

Baia De Guanabara, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20040-020, Brazil
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Ranked #52 of 489 Attractions in Rio de Janeiro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Architectural Buildings
Traveler Description:   ILHA FISCAL downtown of  Rio de Janeiro  Scenario of what became known as "The Last Ball of the Empire," held few days before the Proclamation of... more »
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

All in all, the palace (used to be Rio de Janeiro's custom's office. is nice but not to say it is an extraordinary experience. The one thing that makes the place special is that the last ball of the empire was held at Ilha fiscal... The painting representing that last event, that hangs in the upper room, is a reproduction.

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Sint Nicolaasga, The Netherlands
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014 via mobile

We tried to go to the island, but weren't able to find where the boat took off. There was a building that looked like a boat terminal, but it was closed (and had been for a while). We asked at the ticket desk of the Niteroi ferry but they spoke no English and we only gathered it wasn't possible. Half... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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70 reviews 70 reviews
35 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

You can get there by boat. The guides are great. The view is amazing, you can see Rio-Niterói Bridge, Santos Dumont Airport, the Guanabara Bay. The building is historical, very well preserved and worth a visit.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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58 reviews 58 reviews
22 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Brazil doesn't have a long history, and this place is where the last ball from the monarchy took place. It's really beautiful, and is a nice tour.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

You should book a visit. History, beauty and nature, all together. At least two hours to see everything. Worth a visit.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

the view is beautiful, the castle used to be a tax department over the sea, very well preserved, sometimes use to great parties.

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Sao_Paulo_Brazil
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115 reviews 115 reviews
38 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

The castelhinho that was used by tax revenue at the time of the empire is well maintained. Guides also request explaining the history of the castle-style Provençal (Frances) indeed several buildings in downtown Rio has French style. The emperor Dom Pedro II ordered a prom to receive a commander of the Chilean navy and his ship in 1889. It was... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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32 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

lha Fiscal is really an interesting place cause the last empire's ball was realized there in the XIX century. The island is really small, but I think it worths a visit 'cause the view of the Guanabara bay is nice as well the palace is.

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Niterói - Brazil
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

Beautiful view of the Bay of Guanabara, very good place from which to get great photos. Visited with my wife and friends, makes for a great afternoon outing.

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Rio de Janeiro
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106 reviews 106 reviews
32 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

Ilha Fiscal is very near Restaurant Albamar, a great place to lunch after seeing Ilha Fiscal, the island that was the customs point for nearly all ocean freight entering Rio de Janeiro when it was the Capital of Brazil.Stunningly beautiful!

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