Palácio Rio Negro, Petropolis

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The Palácio Rio Negro is a palace located in Petrópolis, mountainous region of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is one of the official residences of the President of Brazil, used mainly as a country retreat.HistoryIn 1889, three months prior to the Proclamation of the Republic, Manoel Gomes de Carvalho, the Baron of Rio Negro, purchased from the heirs of the Klippel family the lot where his summer residence would be built. In February 1896, the Palace and adjacent buildings were sold to the State of Rio de Janeiro, to serve as the official residence of the state Governor.In 1903, the Palace was incorporated to the Federal Government, and became the official summer residence of the Presidents of Brazil. Since then, sixteen Presidents have made use of the Rio Negro: Rodrigues Alves, Afonso Pena, Nilo Peçanha, Hermes da Fonseca, Wenceslau Brás, Epitácio Pessoa, Artur Bernardes, Washington Luiz, Getúlio Vargas, Gaspar Dutra, Café Filho, Juscelino Kubitschek, João Goulart, Costa e Silva, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, and most recently Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
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  • Had gone many years ago and was normal. Today's totally decadent, has almost nothing to do and needs urgent restoration. On the outside and Nice.
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  • Living in a mansion of the 19th century, the Museum is dedicated to the brazilian Republic facts on imperial lands. The garden is well maintained and shows the opulence of the Coffee in Brazil. The Palace, in the twentieth century became official summer residence of Presidents, when the capital was in the State of Rio, always passed by there. What turned out to be a tradition and the Museum account through collections, periods of Brazilian Republic.
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  • A very well maintained and with many interesting things, especially for being free. Talks about the history of the big house ever stay of some of the Presidents of the country. Worth going to.
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  • This is a marvelous palace where some Brasilian Presidents spent time during the summer. Visit is free. However I am feeling that the palace is not maintained anymore as it should be.
  • For those who like history and architecture this is a beautiful place. Has public bathroom but is not accessible to anyone who makes use of wheelchairs, because must climb stairs to use it.
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  • The museums has several panels telling the story of the Presidents who went through there, has rooms with period furniture. It's free and has the Museum of the FEB.
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  • Worth the visit. The more I think there's still something there. The building is beautiful. As the acquis is a bit poor.
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  • Poorly preserved, lacks investment in equity
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Where to stay in Petropolis

Unfortunately, no matter how much you're willing to spend, your accommodations in Petropolis won't be quite as luxurious as Emperor Pedro's former palace. Nevertheless, you can choose from a range of delightful guesthouses and boutique hotels during your Petropolis vacation, many of which are housed in well-preserved colonial buildings and offer spacious gardens to enjoy. The city's old center, with close proximity to the palace and the striking cathedral, remains the most popular neighborhood among tourists. However, you can also find a range of places to stay in the southwestern neighborhood of Quitandinha, which contains a scenic lake of the same name.
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