You have to go there, to feel it. Just beautiful, with some rare books, the "furniture" is astonishing.. a very good legacy!
This is well worth seeking out, it's like something out of Harry Potter! Simply sign in, walk through and marvel at the old worldy-ness of it all! Walk reasonably quickly to and from the area, it certainly doesn't feel completely safe, but this was definitely a Rio highlight in an historical city of highlights.
You turn a corner after picking your way through human and animal dross and there for your viewi g pleasure is a building that is the architectural stepchild of Tim Burton and high catholic aspiration. Rio's buildings are by and large designed by men with small brains. This one soars though it could do with a wash and dry.
It's a really nice building, but coming from Cineladia the streets look shabby and dangerous and only tourists go to see it so you are an easy target if there's no police around
It's not safe to walking around this area at night, but if you want to listen and dance "samba", every friday and sartuday there is a nice show in front of Real Gabinete, it´s very beautiful to see the lights of the old building from the night club.
I have travelled and toured the world and have not seen anything like this library of old books and manuscripts. It is similar, yet different, to the Strahov Monastery-library in Prague, Czech Republic. This is a must-see when visiting Rio.
It is a royal library and the sight of the stacks of books on gleaming jacaranda shelves is an awesome sight. We signed our names on the register there and added our comments after sitting on the lovely wooden benches there and enjoying the atmosphere. We did not try to find a book to read there but enjoyed the architecture... More
A hidden gem. Surroundings are dirty and chaotic, but the place itself is one of the most impressive library i have ever seen. It is a small library and you will not spend more than 20minutes there, but it is worthy the trip.
This royal library is pretty hidden and unknown, especially by Brazilians - besides academics using it for research, most of the visitors are tourists who found it in their guidebook or travel guide website. It is near the other sights in historical downtown Rio and Lapa. It is only open from 9am to 6pm during the week, which is the... More
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