Real Gabinete Portugues Da Leitura

Real Gabinete Portugues Da Leitura

Real Gabinete Portugues Da Leitura
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Neighborhood: Centro
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.
How to get there
  • Uruguai • 4 min walk
  • Uruguaiana • 4 min walk
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  • Julie
    Brasilia, DF4 contributions
    One of the most beautiful libraries in the world.
    The Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading (Portuguese: Real Gabinete Português de Leitura) is a library and lusophone cultural institution, is located in Luís de Camões Street 30, in the center of Rio de Janeiro. It’s worthwhile a visit, because it’s beautiful. But it’s a pity the visitor can only have access to the main room and the gift shop just outside to the left, nothing else. But you will be amazed for quite some time and take awesome pictures.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written March 23, 2023
  • 454lindylou
    Central Portugal, Portugal562 contributions
    A very beautiful library, well worth visiting.....
    Not as big as I thought it would be inside, but quite big all the same, and very beautiful. It's an amazing collection of books ca. 400,000 volumes and is considered one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. The outside of the building is in the Neo-Menueline style. Well worth a visit. Next door to the library is a small gift shop, which you could easily miss, where I purchased a large tile of the interior of the library at a very reasonable price.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 9, 2023
  • Ellie C
    169 contributions
    Visually Spectacular !!
    I added this to the itinerary of our private Rio tour. Very glad I did. It’s a very quick stop that is totally worth it. You only see the main room but it is stunning. Upon entering, every person said “wow” in a hushed tone as they entered.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 23, 2024
  • Reservarlden
    London, United Kingdom351 contributions
    Amazing building of knowledge
    In Rio Centro it is definitely worth having a look inside this amazing library and finding yourself in awe at the amazing interior. Truly amazing wealth of books stored here so elegantly. The attraction has no admission charge.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 9, 2024
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Ellie C
Rhinebeck, New York, United States169 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
I added this to the itinerary of our private Rio tour. Very glad I did. It’s a very quick stop that is totally worth it. You only see the main room but it is stunning. Upon entering, every person said “wow” in a hushed tone as they entered.
Written January 23, 2024
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Grason
19 contributions
Feb 2022
This is a great little spot in the Centro District of Rio.

As of right now, you can just go in and look around. You won't be able to sit down and read or study due to Covid restrictions. So, expect to enter, look around, take some photos (the place is very unique and beautiful), and then leave.

I would set aside at most 30 minutes for this spot.
Written February 22, 2022
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Reservarlden
London, UK351 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
In Rio Centro it is definitely worth having a look inside this amazing library and finding yourself in awe at the amazing interior. Truly amazing wealth of books stored here so elegantly. The attraction has no admission charge.
Written February 9, 2024
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Goal100Countries
Cheltenham, UK615 contributions
May 2019
The Royal Portuguese Reading Room is the most incredible and breathtaking library that I have ever seen. The shelves are seemingly endless and the scale of the place is awesome. It is wonderfully peaceful and worth seeing for yourself at an off-peak time for the best pictures.
Written January 7, 2020
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Julie
Brasilia, DF4 contributions
Mar 2023 • Solo
The Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading (Portuguese: Real Gabinete Português de Leitura) is a library and lusophone cultural institution, is located in Luís de Camões Street 30, in the center of Rio de Janeiro. It’s worthwhile a visit, because it’s beautiful. But it’s a pity the visitor can only have access to the main room and the gift shop just outside to the left, nothing else. But you will be amazed for quite some time and take awesome pictures.
Written March 23, 2023
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itd-be-rude-not-to
Sydney, Australia384 contributions
Dec 2018 • Friends
This was one of the highlights of Rio for me. Real Gabinete Portuguese de Leitura (royal Portuguese cabinet of reading) was erected between 1880-1887 and opened to the public in 1900. This architectural style (Neo-Manueline) evokes the exuberant Gothic-Renaissance.
Elected the fourth most beautiful library in the world by Time magazine, and boasts the largest collection of Portuguese works outside Portugal.
Written July 10, 2019
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adelaidesurflifesaver
Adelaide, Australia335 contributions
Mar 2019
This is an amazing place and looks like something out of Harry Potter. A MUST VISIT! A GREAT PLACE TO TAKE PICS!
Written January 8, 2020
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Patrick
62 contributions
Nov 2019
As all of the other reviews mention, it is a beautiful setting. The room is ornate and there are details everywhere. However, it is just a single room, and it’s a little small at that. There are multiple levels of books, but you’re restricted to the first floor. Don’t get pre-occupied about visiting. I’m glad I saw it, but knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t be too disappointed if I missed it.
Written November 22, 2019
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Alfredo P
Itajai, SC60 contributions
Oct 2019
A truly jewel hidden in downtown. Worth a quick visit if you are in a hurry. Also suitable for a nice reading.
If you are a photograph maniac, the glass domed roof give you the perfect light no matter the lenses you are carrying.
Written October 15, 2019
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VinhAus
Brisbane, Australia145 contributions
Aug 2019
An amazing library in central Rio, the photos speak for themselves. You only need to spend about 30mins to 1hr here.
Written September 17, 2019
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