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Address: City Center, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Former Heart of Empire Close to Cardiac Arrest

There was a time when Praca XV was at the heart of a powerful and progressive empire, the center of pomp and pageantry. Now it's so deteriorated that it will be hard to... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 14, 2015
Vincent M
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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370 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 459 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

There was a time when Praca XV was at the heart of a powerful and progressive empire, the center of pomp and pageantry. Now it's so deteriorated that it will be hard to resuscitate. A revitalization is possible, but seems implausible. A pair of important complexes face the square: the Carmelite churches and the Paco Imperial. But there are aging,... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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249 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This square was much quieter than Cinelândia and Largo da Carioca, both of which were near the major subway stations. It was rather peaceful because of many trees in the square. It’s amazing to know how a garbage disposal site was transformed into a historically significant square and used for the coronation of Brazil's two Emperors (Pedro I and Pedro... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Saturday mornings. The most bargain-possible location in the whole of Rio. You can find that long, lost, left shoe lace or 17th century Portuguese Faiana pottery piece being sold side by side. Don't miss it! Snooze you lose...

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3 Thank Roberta M
Rio de Janeiro
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Great place to have lunch and seize the view of Guanabara Bay. The ancient restaurant ALBAMAR, good food, but the most is the view.

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1 Thank RNaar_13
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

The place is under repair due to Olympic games. it is still dirty and dark. restauration is in progress.

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1 Thank CarmemE
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This place has its meaning for Brazil but... I wouldn´t recommend It for foreigners, this place is dangerous, lots of robbery...

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1 Thank AlineRio
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

When the king of Portugal fled his country, afraid of Napoleon's might, he made this building (Paco Imperial) his home. Its a place filled with history and there is a small museum inside where you can read about the importance of the square and the building.

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1 Thank Amanda_Mey
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

Excellent spot with lots of history - great little streets to walk into with outdoor restaurants - if you didn't know better you'd think you were transposed into some area of Portugal in summer with everyone enjoying good food and drinks while listening to live music!

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1 Thank AlderleyEdgeTiger007
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

Many beggars, dirty smelly streets, dangerous at certain hours. Few attractions, tourist shops more expensive compared to other regions such as the Saara.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

But has a lovely book store and restaurant--- inside Poca (the old Colonial building) Get the ferry here.

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