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“Most beautiful libery I know”

Real Gabinete Portugues Da Leitura
Ranked #29 of 741 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
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Owner description: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm
Reviewed May 28, 2014

beautiful building, really a very nice ambience.
I've been 3 times now. IT´S A MAGICAL PLACE.
It´s for free so really worth it to visit the building

1  Thank LouisJohnsonnn
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Reviewed May 13, 2014

Beautiful and historic place on the Center of Rio de Janeiro, but little visited, which is a feather.

Thank agramf
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Reviewed April 23, 2014 via mobile

It was like entering a harry potter scene. Very nice! And free, so if you are in the area its definetly worth a visit!

Thank Tonje V
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Reviewed April 4, 2014

I couldn't believe it when I entered the huge hall which had books from top to bottom, from left to right! It felt like heaven for someone like me, who is into books. There is an impressive collection of books in Portuguese and in most other languages. Gotta check it out!

Thank Mirella S
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

I don't agree with most of the other reviews. It would not be in a top 50 list of things to see in Rio, unless you love books and libraries.

Free guided tour in English (approx 40 minutes). The guide was very hard to understand. Lots of interesting artefacts and historical items. I was delighted to view a first edition of Macchiaeveli's "The Prince", complete with notes in the margin. The building itself is interesting, but you cannot take photos, except in the foyer.

Tips:
Very close to Cinelandia Metro
Bring photo ID: you won't get in without it (photocopy of passport OK)
You will need to store your bag
Lots of walking and stair climbing
Close to Bela des Artes and Theatro Municipal, so you can combine the three quite easily

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Personally, I liked Trinity College Library, Dublin a lot more
The staff are all very friendly and try to be helpful

2  Thank Spikethecat17
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