Real Gabinete Portugues Da Leitura, Rio de Janeiro
(4.6/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web)
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 The library holds important historical documents which date from the Portuguese discovery of Brazil, and has since diversified to serve the needs of modern library users.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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  • Notable building of lush lines of the architecture of that time guarding literary excellence of the original Portuguese language, having been a precursor to the ABL is worth too much a visit mainly who goes to downtown Rio.
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  • A beautiful library that leads us to Portugal of centuries past, with its carved wooden shelves that stand for various floors until its colorful stained glass skylight. Gorgeous facade but that was in recovery work.
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  • The place was for renovations, but still is an incredible view. The place is beautiful and charming. The largest and the most valuable library of works by Portuguese authors outside of Portugal.
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  • This place is great. It's a little bit offbeat, and the books here are ancient! Worth visiting.
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  • [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!!!!