The Crystal Palace, a stained-glass and iron building made in France and assembled in Brazil, was a wedding present to Princess Isabel from her consort, the French Count d'Eu. Their marriage was arranged by their parents—Isabel, then 18, learned of Dom Pedro II's choice only a few weeks before her wedding. The count wrote to his sister that his bride to be was "ugly," but after a few weeks of marriage decided he rather liked her. During the imperial years the palace
was used as a ballroom: the princess held a celebration dance here after she abolished slavery in Brazil in 1888.
Praça da Confluência, Rua Alfredo Pachá s/n, Petrópolis, 25685–210, Brazil