Biblioteca Nacional

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Biblioteca Nacional information

Rio de Janeiro City , Brazil
Street Av Rio Branco 219
+55 2220 9484
admission R$2
Opening hours
10am-5pm Mon-Fri, 12:30-4:30pm Sat & Sun
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Inaugurated in 1910, the neoclassical national library is the largest in Latin America, with more than nine million volumes, including many rare books and manuscripts. Among the treasure trove are original letters written by Princess Isabel, the first newspapers printed in the country and two copies of the precious Mainz Psalter Bible, printed in 1492. Call ahead to arrange a free guided tour (available in English, Spanish or Portuguese).