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National Library (Biblioteca Nacional)

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Avenida Rio Branco 219, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20040-920, Brazil
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Finally, after years of being shrouded in a giant hair net, and surrounded with hoardings, the national library has emerged into the bright light of day with a complete beautiful facelift. The interior has also undergone some work, and currently highlights an exhibition of art...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 29 January 2019 via mobile

Magnificent building (foyer is lovely) but we just walked in and visited all we could without a tour and there was just not much to see. There are some exhibit rooms but again not much.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 7 January 2019 via mobile

The guided tour to Bibliotheca National in Rio takes only 30-40 min and allow you to visit rooms that are not normally opened to the public. This is an historical building, with one of the most important collection of books in the world.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank rmattei
Reviewed 10 December 2018

I've seen amazing photos of this magnificent library and looked forward to seeing it. While the library is incredibly beautiful, regular visitors aren't really able to view the balconies upon balconies of vintage books that I've seen in the photos. The areas guest are allowed...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank tinahawk
Reviewed 2 August 2018

This is very well worth a visit both because of its architectural value and also for its literacy value as the National Library. You can take a guided tour which takes about half an hour and gives you a good idea of what the Library...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

The place is not big and you can not access all parts of library, despite it, totally worth the visit. It’s beautiful and kind of majestic.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

To be honest we were really enthusiastic about visiting the Library and all the viral pictures seen on facebook. But we we not able to see the big wall full of book. Basicaly the only thing to see is the lobby which is great and...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Y7028ZWtomp
Reviewed 26 October 2017

At Times I was forgetting where I actually was. I was in South America, in rio de Janeiro and I felt as if I was in Europe. It could be France, Spain, Porugal, Germany, UK, Poland,..... The buiding is beutiful, the inside in great, quite,...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 9 September 2017

The National Library of Brazil, also called the National Library of Rio de Janeiro, is the repository of bibliographic and documentary heritage of Brazil, considered by UNESCO as the seventh national library in the world and also the largest library in Latin America. The building...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Bruce H
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Ok its free but you dont have any access to the beautiful rooms you expect to see... you cant even get close to a book. Totally useless to me.

Date of experience: February 2017
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