National Library (Biblioteca Nacional), Rio de Janeiro

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You can see an impressive collection of over 9 million volumes, including rare books and manuscripts, at the neoclassical National Library (Biblioteca Nacional), the largest in Latin America--7th in the world--. A guide will talk you through the treasure-trove, and show you original letters written by Princess Isabel, the first newspapers printed in the country, and two copies of the precious Mainz Psalter Bible, printed in 1492. National Library (Biblioteca Nacional) is the repository of bibliographic and documentary heritage of Brazil and is forever expanding as, by law, a copy of every book published in Brazil has to be held in the library. As the oldest cultural institution in the country, during your visit you will see Brazil, quite literally, through the pages of history. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to National Library (Biblioteca Nacional) and many more Rio de Janeiro attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Rio de Janeiro vacation builder.
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  • The national library, which is located in Cinelândia is a spectacle, in addition to the beautiful interior, has an impressive collection. Must for those who enjoy culture. Too bad it is with the facade in the works for years and by the looks of it, no date to end.
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  • Outside of the traditional tourist circuit in the river the beautiful National Library should be compulsory stop for those visiting the river. If you have not programmed Valley do in any of the time bars of Cinelândia to take advantage of a monitored visit. In addition to the spectacular architecture is a small history lesson, where we learned how we are also bad in not returning the library that we take of Paraguay during the war. The table Carlos Drumond de Andrade's favorite among other particulars do. We love
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  • The national library is near Cinelândia subway station, next to other buildings significant to the history of the city. I went on a day that the entry was free, but generally must be paid and scheduled, I was lucky to still have vacancies for the next appointment. There are many stairs and you can't photograph inside, only the entrance hall. There are many parts and fascinating historical documents, many cannot be touched or must use gloves for handling, to prevent deterioration, some can only be studied via special request, due to the advanced state of decomposition. The guide that accompanied told many curiosities and explained a little about the history of the country and important facts happened in the city, in particular about the Royals. The visit is very worthwhile if the history of the country and the city you are interested in.
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