The National Library in Rio de Janeiro is the largest library in Latin America and the 7th largest in the world, with a collection of over 9 million items

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National Library, Rio de Janeiro

The National Library in Rio de Janeiro is the largest library in Latin America and the 7th largest in the world, with a collection of over 9 million items.

The National Library in Rio de Janeiro is the largest library in Latin America and the 7th largest in the world, with a collection of over 9 million items. It major highlight is the Teresa Cristina Maria photograph collection, which includes 21,742 photographs from the 19th century related to Brazil's history and people, and is inscribed on UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme Register. It offers guided tours on weekdays, showing visitors its rare collection, various bookstacks and the catalogue system. Registration with identification is required, and tours run for about an hour.


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About National Library

 Avenida Rio Branco, 219 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 +55 21 3095-3879

 www.bn.br

National Library and Nearby Sights on Map

Cinelandia

Officially known as Praça Floriano Peixoto in honour of the second president of Brazil, Cinelândia is a major public square in the heart of Rio de Janeiro that developed around the 18th century Ajuda Convent

Rio City Hall

The City Hall in Rio de Janeiro is the seat of the City Council

Rio Municipal Theatre

The Municipal Theatre in Rio is an Eclectic style opera house with Art Nouveau elements, inspired by the Paris Opéra House

National Museum of Fine Arts

Modeled on the Louvre in Paris, the National Museum of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro houses an important collection of Brazilian art

Gustavo Capanema Palace

The Gustavo Capanema Palace is a government building that functions as an office of the Ministry of Education and Health

Petrobras Headquarters

The headquarters of the federal oil company is an interesting piece of Brutalist architecture by Roberto Luís Gandolfi, soaring 108 metres into the sky

Passeio Público

Commissioned in 1779, Passeio Publico was the first public park in the Americas

São Francisco da Penitência Church

Sao Francisco da Penitencia is a colonial church dating back to 1737, famous for its gilden Baroque interiors and wooden statues

Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian is dedicated to the patron saint of Rio de Janeiro, St Sebastian

Old Cathedral

The Old Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro is an 18th century church dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, that served as the cathedral of Rio de Janeiro from 1808 until 1976