Biblioteca Nacional – Top Places in Rio de Janeiro


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The Biblioteca Nacional no Rio de Janeiro (in English, National Library in Rio de Janeiro) is the depository of the bibliographic and documentary heritage of Brazil.

Biblioteca Nacional - National Library - Rio de Janeiro

Considered by UNESCO as the seventh largest national library in the world and also the largest library in Latin America, its collections include over 9 million items, which began with the arrival of the Royal Family of Portugal in 1807.

Biblioteca Nacional - National Library - Rio de Janeiro

The construction of the building that houses the Biblioteca Nacional today began in 1905 and took five years to complete. A beautiful building with an eclectic style, which blend art nouveau and neoclassical elements.

Biblioteca Nacional - National Library - Rio de Janeiro

Amid the main facade, the building has a portico with six Corinthian columns that support the pediment decorated with a group in bronze, with the central figure of the Republic flanked by allegories of the Press, Bibliography, Palaeography, Cartography, Iconography and Numismatic. On the right side of the entrance, a bronze statue represents intelligence and another on the left represents the study.

Biblioteca Nacional - National Library - Rio de Janeiro

The Biblioteca Nacional interior architecture is astonishing; the main hall showcases two murals and two bronze bas-reliefs, the iconic marble staircases have balustrades in bronze. The whole building has four skylights with colored stained glass and there are also noteworthy panels that decorate the floors.

Biblioteca Nacional - National Library - Rio de Janeiro

Address: Av. Rio Branco, 219 – Centro
- Rio de Janeiro Opening Hours: From Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 8 pm and on Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm.  


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