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 The library holds important historical documents which date from the Portuguese discovery of Brazil, and has since diversified to serve the needs of modern library users.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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  • Incredible amount of books brought by Regent John and his mother Queen d. Maria I of Portugal. Fantastic place and treated well. Worth to visit in downtown Rio de Janeiro.
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  • I was amazed, because I've never seen similar location. The building, itself, go unnoticed because it was with scaffolding. It's really beautiful. Next there are several second-hand bookshops.
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  • Barbarian! The place refers to the early formation of Brazil as a nation. The façade is under restoration. Internally it is perfect.
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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!!!!