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...
Chronicling the history of the Brazilian navy from the 16th century to the present, the museum also has exhibitions of model warships,...
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...
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...
In the middle of a shop selling books and CDs, this small, lively, pleasantly air-conditioned cafe is a fine spot to refuel, with...
Palácio Tiradentes information
Lonely Planet review
The stately Tiradentes Palace houses the seat of the legislative assembly. Exhibits on the 1st and 2nd floors relate the events that took place there between 1926 and the present. One of its darkest hours was when the National Assembly was shut down in 1937 under the Vargas dictatorship; it later served as his Department of Press and Propaganda. Most information is in Portuguese, though you can listen to a rundown of history in English at the interactive machine in the foyer. The statue in front, incidentally, is not a likeness of Russian mystic Rasputin, but rather that of martyr Tiradentes, who led the drive toward Brazilian independence in the 18th century.