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Paço Imperial

Listed under Castles & Palaces in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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This didn't become an ‘Imperial Palace’ until it had been standing for many years, the historic building was built to house Brazil’s colonial Governors – but it later had Kings and Emperors to stay, including Pedro I and Pedro II, the rulers of the Brazilian Empire.

These days it’s a ‘cultural centre’ and prized for its history and design – it was built in 1743 and apart from a few minor decorative differences it hasn’t changed. An engineering and architecture library, with a selection of rare books from the 16th to 18th Centuries, takes up some space within the large complex, but there is plenty of space within the cultural centre to put on exhibitions or performances.

The Paço Imperial is remembered in many history books as the place where Princess Isabel signed the Lei Áurea in 1888, the law abolished slavery in Brazil.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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