Imperial Palace in Rio de Janeiro
Paço Imperial is a historical building in Rio de Janeiro and an important cultural center, filled with books, art, music and stunning decorations.
Also known as Palace of Rio de Janeiro, the Paço Imperial dates back to 1743, when it was called House of the Governors and Vice-Kings, and later, when Rio was chosen as vice-kingdom of Portugal to Paço dos Vice-Reis.
In 1808, when Portugal’s royal family escaped the invasion of Portugal by Napoleon Bonaparte, it was home to the Prince Regent, later king, John VI. Who added a third floor as a facade and made the second floor a throne room.
Empire of Brazil
When Brazil became an independent nation, called Empire of Brazil, it was renamed to Imperial Palace. A lot of important things in Brazil’s history happened there, such as: Dia do Fico, the signing of the Lei Áurea and several ceremonies.
Imperial Palace in Rio de Janeiro is in the center of the city, in Praça XV square, and you can get there by taking a tram and leaving at the Praça XV station or with us at our RioLIVE! Rio Centro Walking Tour
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