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28 Feb 2018
“Originally a Governor's House, then a Royal Palace and now an exhibition centre. Not a must see.”
25 Nov 2016
“The house of the royal family in the XIX century”
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Praca 15 de Novembro 48, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Reviewed 1 March 2018

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)...More

Thank westy54
Reviewed 26 November 2016

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...More

Thank Tiago F
Reviewed 3 October 2016

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.

Thank evyboo
Reviewed 9 September 2016

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...More

Thank KLE2013
Reviewed 2 August 2016 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...More

Thank vanicevalle
Reviewed 22 May 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
Reviewed 26 April 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
Reviewed 28 February 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
Reviewed 29 January 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...More

Thank Frederico M
Reviewed 15 November 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...More

Thank BrockleyPhil
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