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“Pure history”
Review of Paco Imperial

Paco Imperial
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Puerto Rico
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“Pure history”
Reviewed 24 April 2014

This place is full of the history of the Portugueses empire in Brazil. It is definetely worth the visit to udnerstand the basis of the Brazilian country , its former capital (Rio de Janeiro) and its Royal Family. I would come back with more time to get into more detail on this place. Eventhough that it is small to what you could consider an Imperial Palace (Paco Imperial), it is really nice.

Visited April 2014
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Brasilia, DF
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155 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Historic site with nice rotating exhibits”
Reviewed 29 December 2013

Paço Imperial is an 18th century building that housed the Portuguese royal family when they moved from Portugal to the Brazilian colony. Unfortunately there is not much history to see (other than some tidbits about the building) - if you want more about Brazil head to the nearby Museu Histórico Nacional. But the free exhibits are fine and varied, from drawings and paintings to sculpture. I particularly like the extensive Wilma Martins exhibit. Also there is a very good cafe with reasonable prices (considering Rio is very expensive these days). Try the Felix chocolate cake (R$ 10, U$ 4,50).

Visited December 2013
Thank Bebadosamba
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“Nothing special”
Reviewed 1 October 2013 via mobile

Look like a very simple building. Some art inside, but it is only some paintings and beautiful old stairs. It is free of charge so you can check it yourself anyway.

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Sao Paulo, SP
Level 6 Contributor
407 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Great afternoon”
Reviewed 29 September 2013

Adoro passar uma tarde bisbilhotando a lojinha do Paco Imperial e curtindo as exposicoes. Na maioria sao interessantes e imperdiveis. O brownie e o cafezinho tambem sao uma otima pedida e fica dificil nao curtir o lugar. Uma delicia de tarde!

A very pleasant afternoon in the Paco Imperial where we can usually see great exhibitions, buy nice souvenirs in the museum store and have coffee and brownie in the cafe. I love this place and try to go everytime I visit Rio!

Visited September 2013
Thank Beatriz O
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“For us a waste of time”
Reviewed 6 February 2013

Maybe we were unlucky in that during our visit there was only a small exhibition by Anna Maria Niemayer, which held no interest for us. This meant we wandered through empty halls with only a few interactive screens regarding the history of the palace to divert us. We were in and out in 15 minutes.

Visited February 2013
Thank elsiek
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