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Biblioteca Nacional

  • Av. Rio Branco 219 Map It
  • Library/Archive

Updated 06/20/2013

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Corinthian columns adorn the neoclassical National Library (built between 1905 and 1908), the first such establishment in Latin America. Its original archives were brought to Brazil by King João VI in 1808. The library contains roughly 13 million books, including two 15th-century printed Bibles, manuscript New Testaments from the 11th and 12th centuries, and volumes that belonged to Empress Teresa Christina. Also here are first-edition Mozart scores, as well as scores

by Carlos Gomes, who adapted the José de Alencar novel about Brazil's Indians, O Guarani, into an opera of the same name. Tours are available in English.

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Av. Rio Branco 219, Rio de Janeiro, 20040–008, Brazil

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  • Tours R$2
  • By guided tour only, weekdays 10–5, weekends 12:30–4 on the hour

Updated 06/20/2013


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