Casa de Benjamin Constant

sights / Architecture

Casa de Benjamin Constant information

Rio de Janeiro City , Brazil
Address
Street Monte Alegre 255
Telephone
+55 3970 1177
Prices
admission R$2, Sun free
Opening hours
10am-5pm Wed-Sun
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This estate served as the residence for one of Brazil's most influential politicians in the founding of the young republic. Benjamin Constant (1837–91) was an engineer, military officer and professor before taking an active role in the Provisional Government. He is also remembered for founding a school for blind children. Painstakingly preserved, his house provides a window into his life and times. The lush gardens surrounding his estate provide a fine view over Centro and the western side of Santa Teresa.