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National Library (Biblioteca Nacional)

Avenida Rio Branco 219, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20040-920, Brazil
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Avenida Rio Branco 219, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20040-920, Brazil
Avenida Rio Branco 219, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20040-920, Brazil
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Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

To be honest we were really enthusiastic about visiting the Library and all the viral pictures seen on facebook. But we we not able to see the big wall full of book. Basicaly the only thing to see is the lobby which is great and...More

Thank Tom P
Reviewed 26 October 2017

At Times I was forgetting where I actually was. I was in South America, in rio de Janeiro and I felt as if I was in Europe. It could be France, Spain, Porugal, Germany, UK, Poland,..... The buiding is beutiful, the inside in great, quite,...More

Thank marstar0109
Reviewed 9 September 2017

The National Library of Brazil, also called the National Library of Rio de Janeiro, is the repository of bibliographic and documentary heritage of Brazil, considered by UNESCO as the seventh national library in the world and also the largest library in Latin America. The building...More

Thank Bruce H
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Ok its free but you dont have any access to the beautiful rooms you expect to see... you cant even get close to a book. Totally useless to me.

Thank Cambudb
Reviewed 10 February 2017

A beautiful downtown classical building. It is open for research only not for checking out books. We had to put our bags in a locker before we could enter the main library. Pictures are allowed without flash. The staircase with red carpet is gorgeous, I...More

Thank 4historyandculture
Reviewed 22 October 2016

The library offers free English guided tours at 2pm every day and when Maian showed us round it ended up just being me and my fiancé which was lovely. Maian was very friendly and knew loads about the building and its contents. She was happy...More

2  Thank Rachel K
Reviewed 28 June 2016

Built at the very beginning of the Twentieth Century, the Biblioteca Nacional is Brazil´s most important library. The entrance is free and that allows you to have a glimpse of the huge and beautiful inside structure.

1  Thank Otavio36
Reviewed 21 June 2016

Very good free guided tour in English! Beautiful inside of the historical building, inaugurated in 1910, and impressive architecture, with staircases, wide skylights in colored stained glass, elegant ornamentation and preserved rooms, beyond the works of art that decorate the spaces, as pictures, panels and...More

Thank Sandra D
Reviewed 2 June 2016

My fiancee and I atended to the English visit, that happes everyday at 1 pm. I´m brazilian (sorry about my English) and he is american. It was really interesting to to know some details about that beautiful biulding. It´s short, less than 1 hour, but...More

Thank Ana B
Reviewed 11 April 2016

There is scaffolding up all over the front of the building, but don't let this put you off - it's open as usual! The lady on the tours desk only spoke Portuguese, but we managed to work out that there is an English tour at...More

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buildings and landmarks, this neighbourhood is living
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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
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