Journey through Brazil’s past and present

History downtown Rio

We had a nice day exploring the central district of Rio yesterday. First we visited the Royal Portuguese Reading Room which is maybe one of the most beautiful rooms I have ever seen. We also visited the Paço Imperial which was nice to learn some history of the Royal Family and the political developments in Brazil. We finished with a drink and a chat. It’s always cool to hang out with the other students and keep practicing our new Portuguese skills!

Daniel Pernet, Australia

História na rua do ouvidor.

Visiting Rio de Janeiro’s historic center is a captivating journey through Brazil’s past and present. The Real Gabinete Português de Leitura stands out with its majestic neo-Manueline architecture, housing a vast collection of Portuguese literature. Nearby, the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB) offers exhibitions and cultural events within a grand 19th-century building. The Paço Imperial, once the residence of Portuguese royalty, now showcases art exhibitions and hosts cultural events, blending history with contemporary creativity. Exploring these landmarks is a vibrant immersion into Rio’s rich cultural heritage, where each step reveals a new facet of Brazil’s captivating story.

Classic churches in Rio

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