The stately Tiradentes Palace houses the seat of the legislative assembly. Exhibits on the 1st and 2nd floors relate the events that...
Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo da Antiga Sé
This beautifully restored church and former cathedral dates back to the 1770s, and it played an important role in the imperial days of...
Chronicling the history of the Brazilian navy from the 16th century to the present, the museum also has exhibitions of model warships,...
This small, one-room screening theater (seating 64) in the Paço Imperial doesn’t offer much in the way of state-of-the-art cinema...
Bistrô do Paço
On the ground floor of the Paço Imperial, this informal restaurant offers a tasty assortment of quiches, salads, soups and other light...
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Paço Imperial information
The former imperial palace was originally built in 1743 as a governor's residence. Later it became the home of Dom João and his family when the Portuguese throne transferred the royal seat of power to the colony. In 1888 Princesa Isabel proclaimed the Freedom from Slavery Act from the palace's steps. The building was neglected for many years but has been restored and is used for exhibitions and concerts; its cinema frequently screens foreign and art-house films.