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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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Interesting, as a Brazilian, I was not aware about that place so full of historic background. Unfortunately, the temporarily exposition was really poor, but, the building itself... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2016
Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

Despite its historical importance to Brazill expect nothing more than poor architecture and empty rooms only. Enjoy a nice and welcome restaurant inside.

Thank Alessandro L
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

The building was because of military ways an important building. Now, there's a restaurant inside the place and you can only see some empty rooms with art on the wall

Thank Hans J
Sao Paulo, Brazil
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2016

Interesting, as a Brazilian, I was not aware about that place so full of historic background. Unfortunately, the temporarily exposition was really poor, but, the building itself was worth a visit

Thank ccassens
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2016 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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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.

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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 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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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.

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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.

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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 

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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.