Real Gabinete Portugues Da Leitura, Rio de Janeiro

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A Reading Room of the Portuguese Community in Brazil exists in Rio, Salvador and Santos, and the movement to constitute these institutions began in the 1840's. They were founded and financed by Portuguese individuals of the time, and of all of them, maybe the most interesting is the one in Rio de Janeiro. The institution in Rio became \"Royal\" only in 1906, just 4 years before the end of the monarchy in Portugal. The library holds important historical documents which date from the Portuguese discovery of Brazil, and has since diversified to serve the needs of modern library users. The architectural style of the building is Neo Manueline, with all the stonework of the façades and other elements sculpted and sent out from Lisbon. The actual reading room has a cast iron structure and thus the \"ensemble\" shows strong similarities with the contemporary works at Belém (Extensions to the Jeronimos Monastery and the Rossio station in central Lisbon, neither of which were designed by Rafael da Silva e Castro. The final authorship of the project is a little confused as administration of the works was carried out in Brazil by others.
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  • the place is beautiful and has countless historic collections! It is a wonderful location to focus.. However, extremely hot! are undergoing reforms.. I hope you put air conditioning, not only for those who work/visit the site, but tb for the conservation of documents
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  • I went here to study some Brazilian history books and found a very helpful group of librarians and a very large amount of other students and scholars very quietly and diligently getting on with their ...  more »
  • The Cabinet itself is a work of art. And still is unique: after the earthquake of Lisbon, there aren't many more references of Manueline Architecture around the world. Already the acquis is monumental, epic scale. I have no more adjectives, if you're in the River, go, before some adventurous hand thing!
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  • This place is great. It's a little bit offbeat, and the books here are ancient! Worth visiting.
  • Fabuloso. Ver para crer!
  • [ENG BELOW] Uma biblioteca com foco em literatura portuguesa. Tem um acervo disposto de forma deslumbrante - Parece um cenário do Harry Potter. A library focused on Portuguese literature. Its collection is exposed in a sumptuous way - it feels like it could be a Harry Potter scenario
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  • Você conhece o Real Gabinete Português de Leitura? Esse lugar incrível, localizado no centro do Rio de Janeiro, possui a maior e mais valiosa biblioteca de obras de autores portugueses fora de Portugal, sendo que contém mais de 300.000 volumes em seu acervo! É inacreditável!!!! Uma biblioteca surreal, com um visual de tirar o fôlego, acervo com obras raras e manuscritos, e, ainda por cima, um ótimo lugar para relaxar ou estudar! Seu horário de funcionamento é de segunda a sexta, das 9h às 18h. A entrada é gratuita, porém para retirar livros é necessário ser sócio do local. Quando em visita ao Rio de Janeiro, não deixe de visitar! Temos certeza de que você também vai se surpreender!!!!