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Casa Franca-Brasil

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Address: Rua Visconde de Itaborai 78, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Lovely exhibition space and unexpected architecture

The Casa Franca-Brasil is a lovely exhibition space in the Centro area of Rio De Janeiro. Entrance is free, they have a small library and a very nice cafe. The building was the... read more

Reviewed 28 June 2015
Greater London, United Kingdom
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 June 2015

The Casa Franca-Brasil is a lovely exhibition space in the Centro area of Rio De Janeiro. Entrance is free, they have a small library and a very nice cafe. The building was the old Customs House of Rio and the original neo-classical architecture is quite surprising in a city like Rio. It hosts temporary exhibitions so it might be worth... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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Reviewed 24 April 2015

If you are struggling for things to do in Rio, this place is worth a visit as it is an historic site. The architecture is pretty bland and uninteresting in general. I've been there 3 times for different exhibitions and they were all garbage. Meaningless, pathetic pseudo art. No quality whatsoever, I can't fathom the reason as to why these... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
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Reviewed 17 March 2015

This in amazing architectural building by Grandjean de Montigny, with a baroque roof. A cultural centre with exhibitions and free entry in the old part of Rio downtown just opposite to CCBB. If you are in Rio, don't miss it

Thank Cari0cadaGema
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2014

The interior of the building was being renovated when I visited so only the reading room was open. The building is nice to see on the outside if you are already in the area.

Thank JGeagea
Recife, PE
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2014

Place that combines history with interesting art exhibitions. An unmissable choice for those who love art and history.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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Reviewed 21 January 2014

The architecture of Rio was strongly influenced by French trends during XIX century, and Casa França-Brasil is a good example. If you are particularly interested in such a subject, a visit can be worthy. As a venue for cultural exhibitions, it can be a little disappointing, due the limited space available.

Thank Leo G
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2013

Would not go oot of my way to visit this BUT if in the area Central Cultural Bank of Brazil (*****) would walk next door to have a look and consider for a short break, very nice area for coffeee, lunch..... - A large elegant open space used for various Modern Art Exhibitions

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Reviewed 6 February 2013

Would not normally ever write a review of somewhere that is closed. Mention this only because the explanation of this closure from the staff on the door and the signage was absolutely hopeless. In fact the staff were bordering on rude.

Thank elsiek
Stavanger, Noruega
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Reviewed 25 August 2012

I recommended to take a coffee pause inside such building!!!!!! Really, such constructions less incommom in a big centers is a must to see. Recording times of prosperious. And, in did, you may see around of a investment of an old time which went somewhere nowadays. Fantastic free reading-book shelvs room (libary) & wireless place.

Thank flaviaviland
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Reviewed 26 July 2012 via mobile

Beautiful historical building...holds several periodic expositions on arts and history. The place is also the Centro Cultural dos Correios (Brazilian mail cultural centre)

Thank JLMOliveto

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Downtown Rio is the place where this city was born. With modern skyscrapers sharing space with historical buildings and landmarks, this neighbourhood is living proof that the old and the new can live together harmoniously. As you would expect, downtown is where all major companies house their offices. However, the region isn’t restricted to businesses. Gems such like the “Paço Imperial,” which is a cultural centre that used to serve as a residence for governors of Brazil, can be found here. Pedra do Sal, a Monday night street party, is also in this neighbourhood. This landmark is the birthplace of samba and is famous for its “roda de sambas” (“dance circles”). Stop in for one and get closer to discovering where Brazilian happiness comes from.
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