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Real Gabinete Portugues Da Leitura

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Address: Rua Luis de Camoes 30 | Centro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20051-020, Brazil
Phone Number: +55(21) 2221-3138
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A window on the Imperial cultural era (free)

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 1, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 well as stolen one. Security in the surroundings is low,but if you had your Cellphone... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

The place is a hidden gem. It's architecture and decorations are fascinating, down to most intricate details. It's maintenance is somewhat lacking, however. When we visited, some maintenance work was being done. So, hopefully, the maintenance will improve. Still, very much recommended.

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Ibate, SP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

The greatness of the place is impressive, combined with art, history and all the knowledge contained there.

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Brazil
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

A quiet place, full of history and the ability to transport you to the begenning of 19th century. I truly recomend it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

A hidden gem in Rio de Janeiro this beautiful library was founded in 1837 by a group of Portuguese immigrants who were also political refugies, having its mother rock set by the Emperor D. Pedro II. If you are not yet convinced, in July of 2014 Time Magazine elected it as the fourth most beautiful library in the world. Just... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

Currently under rennovation... You can peek in and it is beautiful, well worth the detour. 3 floors of antique books with a stained glass ceiling on top.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

The Royal Portuguese Reading Room is a cathedral of books and a hidden treasure in Rio Centro. Built in the 19th Century and designed by the Famous architect Rafael da Silva e Castro, the impressive multistory library is undergoing extensive restoration and sadly was partially hidden under plastic tarps and scaffolding during our recent visit. Normally open for free to... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

This is a nice place to visit. Go there as part of a larger tour as it is small and can be seen and photographed in about 20 minutes. There many other tourist atractions nearby, mostly old churches, squares and cafes. Call in advance to see if it is open.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

really amazing place that still smells like old libraries. they have a rather good collection with some titles that are hard to find elsewhere.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016

Old fashion but beautiful. You got to walk in and take a look while at this library while strolling around in downtown Rio. A must see something that was lost in the past and won't be found equal other than in Portugal.

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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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