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Real Gabinete Portugues Da Leitura

Rua Luis de Camoes 30 | Centro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
+55(21) 2221-3138
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A true must for lovers of books and also architecture

Portuguese Royal Library is a real architectural jewel, but also a mecca of those who want to see... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Viktor S
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Cartagena, Colombia
Such a book treasure!

This place is amazing, unfortunately the facade is under restruction in this period but I really... read more

Reviewed March 3, 2017
nonlodico
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Portuguese Royal Library is a real architectural jewel, but also a mecca of those who want to see some really rare books. The venue is often used for historic Brazilian soap operas.

Thank Viktor S
Reviewed March 3, 2017

This place is amazing, unfortunately the facade is under restruction in this period but I really enjoyed and incredible experience being surrounded by 350.000 ancient books! Being created in 1837 by a group of Portuguese Immigrants in this Neo Manuelin style building, with outstanding stained...More

Thank nonlodico
Reviewed February 15, 2017

for those who walk downtown, this may be a welcome stop to escape the heat and the hustle for a moment. Then you can admire the building and the rare books it protects- kind of a `Harry Potter`experience...where you`d least expect it!

Thank Alexandre P
Reviewed February 1, 2017

I went here to study some Brazilian history books and found a very helpful group of librarians and a very large amount of other students and scholars very quietly and diligently getting on with their studies. Some really nice details, not just in the architecture...More

Thank tomreddaway
Reviewed January 13, 2017

Located in downtown Rio, close to Praça Tiradentes and Avenida Rio Branco. Amazing architecture, amazing furniture, amazing small book collection, but very important for the story of the world. One of the most beautiful libraries of this world. The library came to Brazil with the...More

Thank JDA1204
Reviewed January 10, 2017

When we visited the whole place was under construction. As we were not aware of this it was a major disappointment. What was shocking was how exposed the books were during this process. Not even the minimum protection was provided as dirt and dust reigned...More

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Reviewed January 4, 2017

This is not a must see, but if you happen to be in the area, it is worth checking out. The place is a tiny library, but the wood interior is breathtaking. It is not a place for a long visit. As a library, it...More

Thank Jose C
Reviewed December 27, 2016

One of the oldest libraries in Rio, the building was restoredand is very well preserved. The librarians are kind and helpful. Worth the visit.

Thank Elipixol
Reviewed December 27, 2016

One of the most beautyful libraries of this world. It came to Brazil with the royal family of Portugal, hiding.

Thank david k
Reviewed November 1, 2016

In Downtown Rio, Close to Praca Tiradentes and Avenida Rio Branco (local 5th ave.) Amazing architecture, amazing furniture, amazing book collection. No line up, if you like books, and history a must go. Next to the "Camlodrome" a popular market selling cheap Chinese products as...More

Thank Paul C
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