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Real Gabinete Portugues Da Leitura

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It's definitely worth the visit to walk in and see the scale of the place. It's beautiful to see... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Impressive building, both the exterior architecture and the interior with a huge number of old... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
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Rua Luis de Camoes 30, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20051-020, Brazil
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It's definitely worth the visit to walk in and see the scale of the place. It's beautiful to see and nice to (quietly!!!) walk around to look at book spines

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Millet02
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Impressive building, both the exterior architecture and the interior with a huge number of old books.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank MiamiKeyWest
Reviewed 12 February 2019

Overwhelmingly beautiful collection of old Portuguese books. The over all impression takes your breath away. It is a visit worth planning for. A little out of the way and once there you are free to take your time but unless you are a qualified scholar...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank RobTrimper
Reviewed 5 February 2019 via mobile

It’s a wonderful library hidden in Rio de Janeiro downtown and can be visited for free! Remembers Coimbra University Library!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank nelcim2017
Reviewed 11 January 2019

The most amazing library: is a public library. This place is like been in a Harry Potter movie. Take as many pictures as you can!!!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank NanCarvajal
Reviewed 9 January 2019

This library should be high on your list of stops in downtown Rio. It's a short top--just to go in and be in awe and amazed at what an antique library looks like. It truly is stunning!! Tack it on to your sighseeing in lapa...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ValerieD1249
Reviewed 9 January 2019

This is a very beautiful place and it is a must to visit it. It is even nice just to sit there and look at books and appreciate the place.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ausmoons
Reviewed 6 January 2019 via mobile

This is a historical building with an important library that looks like the most famous and beautiful in this kind in the world. The building sits in the center of Rio, close to Confeitaria Colombo, but far from other attractions, in a specific site that...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank rmattei
Reviewed 23 December 2018

I'm a tour guide and I was there with my passengers from Norway last month. They love the place, they were delighted with the beaty of the place. I always take my clients in Royal Cabinet.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank cariocatravelers
Reviewed 20 December 2018 via mobile

What an oasis hidden in an urban jungle of homeless people lying on the streets. It literally smells of feces around the place and it looks like the area has not been maintained for centuries. UNTIL you step into the library, which is extremely rich...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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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
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