The Imperial Palace
Rio de Janeiro • Brazil

From: Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide

See also: Cathedral Of Rio de JaneiroFiscal Island

The Imperial Palace (Paço Imperial), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This wonderful historic building was designed by architect José Fernandes Pinto Alpoim and built around 1738 to 1743. The palace was originally built to house the Governor Gomes Freire de Andrada and was later used as a Royal Palace to the Prince Regent John VI and as residence to Dom Pedro I and Dom Pedro II who both lived and governed from the Palace.

It was from the Imperial Palace that Dom Pedro I announced that he would disobey his fathers wishes and remain in Brazil, this incident which is known as Dia do Fico resulted in Brazil's independence. Another notable episode was the signing of the Lei Aurea in 1888 abolishing slavery by Princess Isabel who was Dom Pedro's granddaughter.

Outside the Imperial Palace is Praca XV as it was named in 1889 to celebrate Brazil becoming a Republic. Around the area are other buildings such as the Carmelite convent and church where many public celebrations have taken place.

The Palace has undergone extensive restoration to restore it back to the way it looked during the 18th century.

The building now houses the Paulo Santos Library which specializes in art and architecture. and holds regular cultural exhibitions of art, painting's, sculptures and music. If you visit the Palace on a Saturday you can also enjoy the flea market which is held in Praca IV outside.

Attraction Location Guide
The Imperial Palace is situated in the Praca XV which is in the very centre of Rio de Janeiro.