Paco Imperial

Paco Imperial, Rio de Janeiro: Hours, Address, Paco Imperial Reviews: 4/5

Paco Imperial
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12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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PrestonGuild
United Kingdom54,014 contributions
Oct 2019
We had a brief stop here as part of a walking tour.

This modest building was once a palace for the Portuguese royal family in the 19th century. So it has nice historical roots.

It is now a small cultural centre with art exhibits. We thought it was worth having a walk while others in the tour went for a pit stop.
Written September 26, 2020
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Peter H
Mississauga, Canada328 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
According to many Rio guides, it advertises as imperial palace. After arriving, we realized that other than the building itself, it’s no longer a palace. Instead, it’s been turned into an art gallery. There’s only one display with photos that indicate it was once an imperial palace. Even the interior of the building has been modernized. Unless one is an art enthusiast, it is a waste of time going there. Furthermore, one has to exercise caution when walking atoung praca XV.
Written August 28, 2019
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BrushM
Oxford, UK1,301 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
Apparently the original home of the fleeing Portuguese Royal Family, this building is moderately interesting and worth a look if you are passing.
Written January 30, 2019
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,613 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
"Paço Imperial" had its construction started in 1748 at the old historical center of Rio. Nearby, on the blue waters of "Baía de Guanabara", a quay received all boats heading to the Portuguese colony of Brazil. Almost 300 hundred years later, many things have passed and Rio de Janeiro has changed a lot. But the old palace is still there, now a busy cultural center, housing important exhibitions of paintings, sculptures, photographies and on themes related to music and cinema. Just as a curiosity for foreign visitors, this "Paço Imperial" represents a lot to Brazilians - here the "Golden Law" ("Lei Áurea", in Portuguese) was signed, on May 13, 1888, by the Imperial Princess Isabel, finally freeing all slaves and abolishing totally slavery in Brazil. Fond memories of Brazilian history. Enjoy!
Written September 16, 2018
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westy54
Sydney, Australia6,781 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
Located next to the Praca Quinze de Novembro. the Imperial Palace was finished in 1743 and was originally built to accommodate the governors of the Brazilian colony. In 1808 it became a royal residence when King John VI of Portugual (and later King of Brazil) fled Portugal with the rest of the Royal Court to escape the forces of Napoleon. It was originally a two storey building but a third storey was added during the early 19th century.

It later became the city palace of Emperors Pedro I and Pedro II before the latter was overthrown in 1889.

After the overthrow of the monarchy the building lost its importance, was turned into the central mail office and fell into a state of decline.

A major renovation in the 1980's restored some of its former glory but as we walked around the sides and back of the building it was badly graffitied.

From the small courtyard, where there is a fairly good Bistro, you ascend a stairwell to where there are some models showing what the local area looked like over time and a large, very modern, exhibition area which was displaying some modern art.

We didn't think that this was a must see.
Written February 28, 2018
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Tiago Fraga
Recife, PE201 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
When D. João VI flew from Portugal to Brazil in 1807 in order to scape from the grips of Napoleon, he brought with him a new era to the colony. It was after the arrival of the Royal Family that Rio de Janeiro became the country's capital. This very building, the Paço became the house of the D. João VI and his Family. It became museum, and after, its furniture, objects and other stuffs of historical value were trasfered to other museums and it became cultural space. After a reform, it's now as exuberant as in its glory days, during the XIX century.
Written November 25, 2016
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Evelyn B
Maracaibo, Venezuela274 contributions
Sep 2016 • Friends
If you are in the area during opening times (12:00-18:00. Closed on Mondays) it's worth stepping in and walking around, there are exhibits and also a café. It's interesting to compare the colonial feel of it (Imperial) to the Tiradentes Palace (Republic) next door.
Written October 2, 2016
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KLE2013
Centreville, VA3,680 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
Located at the corner of the flagstone square Praca XV, this colonial building built in 1743 was the seat of the government until the Portuguese Royal Family arrived in Brazil in 1808 after leaving Europe to escape the Napoleonic Wars. The modest two floor building had a third floor added when it became the Imperial Palace.
As the building now serves primarily as a cultural center, the Paco was the site of an exhibition on Tokyo, Japan and its role as the host city of the next Olympics in 2020 when we visited in August. White fabric hangings from the balconies fluttered in the wind and added to the beauty of the building.
Written September 8, 2016
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vanicevalle
Rio de Janeiro, RJ164 contributions
Aug 2016 • Business
Paço Imperial is an historical building located in the business center of Rio de Janeiro. As a historical site it is not that impressive. The building is relatively well maintained, but it is not specially significant as an architectural sample.
Despite that, the visit is worthy. You can find a fine CD and bookstore; and three different restaurants in it. And now, after de remodeling of the harbor area in Rio de Janeiro, you can walk up to Guanabara Bay.
You can find bathrooms in the area, and some level of accessibility is granted.
Written August 1, 2016
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Alessandro Lima
45 contributions
May 2016 • Friends
Despite its historical importance to Brazill expect nothing more than poor architecture and empty rooms only. Enjoy a nice and welcome restaurant inside.
Written May 22, 2016
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