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Address: Praca 15 de Novembro 48, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Phone Number: 021-533-4407
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As unique as it might sound, this is where it happened. Many kingdoms have ruled oceans. Many kings has reached across seas. But never a king ♔ came to his colony and rule trough... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As unique as it might sound, this is where it happened. Many kingdoms have ruled oceans. Many kings has reached across seas. But never a king ♔ came to his colony and rule trough it. Brazil (Portugal colony) housed the emperor and, from here, he ruled the Brazilian / Portuguese Kingdom for a while. That's a unique story. Dom Pedro... More 

Thank Frederico M
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Popped in for what was expected to be a quick poke around, only to discover a little treasure trove of wonderful modern art exhibitions, and all of them free to visit as well. This really was a fabulous discovery, and a highlight of our trip to Rio.

Thank BrockleyPhil
New Orleans, Louisiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Imperial palaces are quite rare, so if you have an opportunity to see one, you probably should take it. They've got two in Vienna, the Hofburg and Schonbrunn, and you’d be delighted with both of them. Versailles and San Souci aren't even imperial; they're mere dime-a-dozen royal palaces, but still worth going well out of your way to see. The... More 

Thank Vincent M
Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 410 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

The Imperial Palace (Paço Imperial) is an 18th century building in centra Rio de Janeiro. It was first used as the Portuguese Governor's Residence, then became the home of King of John VI of Portugal before being the imperial residence of Pedro I and Pedro II, the two monarchs of the Empire of Brazil.

Thank Christmate11
Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

My private tour guide gave me the historical background of this building: firstly the governor’s residence, then the royal residence until he Proclamation of the Republic of Brazil in 1889. Since then, it had been neglected for many years, but has been restored. Currently it is used as a cultural centre, hosting various art exhibitions.

Thank RayParks
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Part of the complex of buildings historically attached to Praca XV, the imperial palace is probably the most significant of the group. I visited here somewhat logically after a day spent at the National History museum although I admit I got lost on the way. If you are directionally challenged you may want to get a guide or at least... More 

Thank midway42
Porto Alegre, RS
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Interesting to visit if you are with a tour guide that explains the importance of the place in Rio's history because there is not much to see. On Saturday's, an interesting antique market happens on the square.

Thank Patricia B
Valinhos, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

This is one of the most important colonial buildings in Brazil. Former governors and kings have lived here, including the Portuguese Royal Family when they transferred the court to Brazil in 1808, while fleeing from Napoleon devastation in Europe. The building itself is a two stories hispanic-looking colonial big house, in the center of Rio's old downtown. Some informations on... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

You will be able to see the history behind the first imperial palace in Brazil as well they often display temporary exhibitions.

1 Thank CLBlum
Sao Paulo, SP
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Old, with a small bookstore and exhibition. This former house of the Brazilian emperor is simple, but you can have a coffee or light meal in their bistrô. Spend 15 minutes.

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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.