The heart of modern Rio, the Praça Floriano comes to life at lunchtime and after work when the outdoor cafes are filled with beer...
Centro Cultural Justiça Federal
The stately building overlooking the Praça Floriano served as the headquarters of the Supreme Court (Supremo Tribunal Federal) from 1909...
Museu Nacional de Belas Artes
Rio's fine arts museum houses more than 18,000 original paintings and sculptures, some of which date back to works brought over from...
Easy to spot by its bright amarelo (yellow) awning, Amarelinho has a splendid setting on the Praça Floriano. Waiters serve plenty of...
Biblioteca Nacional information
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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).