The Old Imperial Palace was built in 1743 as the Governor House, used as the Viceroy’s Palace after 1763, and also served as a royal residence and workplace in the 19th century

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Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro

The Old Imperial Palace was built in 1743 as the Governor House, used as the Viceroy’s Palace after 1763, and also served as a royal residence and workplace in the 19th century.

The Old Imperial Palace was built in 1743 as the Governor House, used as the Viceroy’s Palace after 1763, and also served as a royal residence and workplace in the 19th century. The impressively modest Colonial Portuguese style mansion was converted into a mail office when Brazil became a Republic in 1889, and was restored in 1984 to become the cultural centre it is today.

It hosts changing art exhibitions, concerts and movie screenings. It also houses the Paulo Santos Library, which has several rare books from the 16th to 18th centuries.


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About Paço Imperial

 Praça XV de Novembro 48 - Centro

 021 2215-2622

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