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Side Trips from Rio Sights

Palácio de Cristal

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Updated 06/20/2013

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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.

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Praça da Confluência, Rua Alfredo Pachá s/n, Petrópolis, 25685–210, Brazil



Sight Details:

  • R$5
  • Tues.–Sun. 9–6

Updated 06/20/2013


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