A large colonial building that once was emperor's Pedro II's summer residence, is now the Imperial Museum.
If you want to discover the story of the independence, and are prepared for the long lines (or it was only our bad luck?), you must visit this museum, one of the best in Brazil.
The "animation" in the waiting lines was performed by a sloth, free and confident, in the surrounding trees
This small house is one of the few vestiges still remaining from the old colonial days. The house was built by a German family (Kaiser) in 1847, and is still decorated with much of the materials of the day, concentrating on the German immigrants. The house small and only requires about ~20 minutes to visit, but in all the places I visited in Petropolis, I appreciated this the most. It is small, intimate, the staff friendly and you will likely be the only ones there.
They staff gives a small tour (~10 minutes), but they only spoke Portuguese. If you do not understand Portuguese, they only have a couple information stories posted in English.
The entry is free for all visitors, they just ask that you sign the register.
The web link (below) gives slightly different hours than posted at the museum, but that may be winter/summer differences.
Open 8:30am ~ 4pm. Closed Mondays.
This huge building was built in 1944, in what looks like a bavarian style, as a casino and is vast. It covers an area of 50,000m2, has 6 floors, 440 apartments, 13 large halls and conference rooms - one of which, the Maua Great Room, is 30m high and 50m in diameter which is used for orchestral performances. So large is it that you are meant to hear your voice echo 14 times!
The palace was the largest casino in the whole of South America when gambling was allowed in Brazil but shortly after the palace was built, it was outlawed. Since then the building hosts congresses, conventions and other large scale events.
The Imperial Museum is located in the Imperial Palace which was the summer retreat of Dom Pedro II. The entrance hall features Italian carrara and black belgium marble which was laid in 1854. The rooms are fairly plain except for the furnishing. The first room on the tour which is located to the right of the entrance hall is the dining room which features mahogany furntiure. Then you go through two smaller rooms before passing through the music room which is the end room of the right wing. You also get to see Dom Pedro II's crown and the Imperial Throne room, which is located on the second floor, where he received distinguished visitors and diplomats. You also see his bedroom and study and also his children's bedroom.
As you walk in you're given funny large carpet slippers to put on so as not to harm the beautiful wooden floors. The only thing is they're quite loose so you end up sliding your feet around like you're wearing skis instead of lifting your feet in case they come off!
Open: Tues-Sun 11am-6pm. Admission: R$8,00.
Very nice show , telling about Brazil History from imperial period , produced with lots of special efects
price adult - R$ 28,00
Show Permanent , Every Thursdays , Fridays -8:00 pm and Saturdays - 8 :00pm and 9 : 15 pm
With a few restaurantes, this area is the best option to have a meal or night entertainment. In Valparaiso you can find modern and traditional cuisine. There is a few options: Steakhouses, Japonese food, pubs...
This pretty 3-storey house perched on the cliff was the summer house of Albert Santos Dumont, the father of aviation of Brazil. He called it “ A Encantada”. It contains very simple furniture belonging to Dumont and few of his personal things.
Alberto Santos Dumont was born in 1873 in Minas Gerais. He was the son of a wealthy coffee plantation owner, who was known as “the coffee king of Brazil”. He finished the College of Culture and Science. He was interested in machines and steam power even when he was very young.. He went to Paris and brought the first car to Brazil. Then he stayed in Paris and studied Mechanics. He designed and constructed dirigible balloons among many other inventions.. In 1901 he flew around the Eiffel Tower and in 1906 he made his first public flight of an airplane, called 14-bis. In front of a big crowd watching he flew a distance of 60 meters at 2 -3 meters high...!
In 1918 he built this retreat house in Petropolis. He got many prizes and metals for his inventions but he always criticised the use of aviation at war...
In 1932 he committed suicide after suffering from multiple sclerosis and deep depression for a long time.
It's open all days except Saturday from 9:30 to 17:00.Entrance is 5R$ for adults, 2,50 for kids of 7 and there are guided tours in Portuguese, English and Spanish.-10 and gratis for smaller ones.
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The Cathedral is built in French Neogothic style. Its construction started in 1884 by the architect Francisco Caminhoa, inspired by the old Spanish Cathedrals of France. Its stained glass windows are excellent! It is 70 meters high and 22 m in length. It houses the Imperial Chapel and the marble tombs of the royal family, and is dedicated to São Pedro de Alcãntara, “the protector of the Empire of Brazil”. Saint Peter's day is celebrated on October 19h.
It is open everyday from 8:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 18:00. On Mondays only in the morning, and on Sundays from 8:00 to 13:00 and 15:00 until 18:00
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Petropolis still keeps the flavour of its glamorous days in its colonial architecture, its museums, historical monuments and cultural events.
Today it's a modern city of 300,000 people who like breathing the fresh mountain air, a favourite summer retreat for Rio residents and a popular tourist destination.
For your cultural ...entertainment there are museums, many ”casas“ (houses-museums of famous personalities), churches, palaces, cultural centers, National Parks for pleasant hikes, Fatima's throne, and the nice Praca 14 bis, inaugurated for the commemoration of the hundred years of aviation and having a replica of the famous invention of Santos Dumont, an airplane called 14 Bis. There are also permanent cultural events throughout the year.
It also offers shopping at good prices- better than nearby Rio de Janeiro -, antique markets , sightseeing and good traditional food.
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In front of the Catholic University of Petropolis a clock made of flowers was built in 1972 on the day of commemoration of the 150 years from Brazil' s Independence. It works with batteries and its mechanism is regulated by an internal access in the University.
Crystal Palace was inaugurated in 1884 by Conde d'Eu, husband of Isabella. It is a charming construction consisting of metal and glass. The metal frame was constructed in France in 1879 and then imported into Brazil and put to place. It was inspired from the crystal palace in London and that in Porto.
On the day of inauguration, in 1888, Princess Isabella gave a big party where she gave freedom to some slaves. Several months later she signed for the abolishment of slavery in Brazil.
It was originally used for exhibitions of agricultural products and now it holds cultural events and exhibitions. It's inside a large area of green gardens and waterworks. There is a tourist information office at the entrance with info, pictures and maps.
Open from Monday to Sunday from 9: to 18:30.
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The palace that Don Pedro II used as his summer residence was in fact a very important place as all the crucial decisions were taken there. Many important politicians and aristocrats used to come to meet the emperor and his wife.
San Pedro was of impressive origin but led a very unhappy life..He lived his childhood very isolated and lonely. He loved to study and travelled a lot.. His marriage to Teresa Christina was arranged by others and he was only sent a portrait of hers, so that he would agree or not. But the probably very well-paid painter made the portrait of a nice looking woman. Don Pedro was shocked when he saw her and was never happy with her. However he stayed with her all his life and she proved to be a dedicated mother and a sensible wife.
On the contrary his father ,Pedro I, had married twice and had 36 children, most of them with other women!!!
The building has two floors and is built in neoclassic style. The garden is really beautiful. Visitors should be dressed properly - no bikinis are allowed...- and should not smoke, carry animals, food or drinks, plastic bags or arms...! They should wear the slippers - pantufas – they are given at the entrance so that the polished wooden floor doesn't get damaged.
Many of the emperor's personal things are exposed. They are very well disposed and can carry you away to the past. Paintings and portraits have captured the most important moments and faces. Furniture and other items of everyday use give an idea of what living as an emperor meant...
Entrance is 8R$ for adults, 5R$ for children and students.
Photography is not allowed but they have an interesting page on Internet where you can have a guided Tour in the museum!!! ( You can choose English in Visita Guiada)
Open 11:00 – 18:00 (last admission 17:30) Tuesday to Sunday
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It is one of the Landmarks of Petropolis Imperial City and the Brazilian neo-gothic architecture was built between 1834 and 1925. It contains the tombs of Dom Pedro II, the Empress Dona Teresa Cristina, Princess Isabel and her husband the Conde d'Eu.
This place was beautiful! Built in 1944 by Joaquim Rolla, it was the largest casino-hotel facility in South America at the time, featuring Norman style architecture and a Hollywood-like interior atmosphere.
The Norman style was typical of the glitzy European casinos of the pre-WWII period, while the interior is redolent 1940’s US movies. It is no wonder that the decoration was carried out by celebrated Hollywood interior decorator Dorothy Draper.
Encompassing an area of 538,000 sq. feet, Quitandinha was designed to be the “Brazilian Capital of Gambling”. Marble restrooms, crystal-studded chandeliers, a lighting system powerful enough to illuminate a city with 60,000 inhabitants and vast halls for up to 10,000 people at a time.
The arched roof of the Mauá Hall ranks as the largest in the world, with its nearly 100 ft. height and 164 ft. diameter, comparable to the dome of Saint Peter’s Cathedral in Rome. It also boasts a modern 2,000-seat theater with three revolving stages, and an outer lake in the shape of the Brazilian territory with a lighthouse placed in the spot where Marajó Island is geographically located.
Quitandinha Hotel guests comprised millionaires, movie stars, politicians, etc., all seeking the best life had to offer. On May 30, 1946, President Dutra outlawed gambling in Brazil, plunging the glamorous Palace into utter economic ruin. Unable to survive solely as a hotel, its apartments were gradually sold out. As of 1989 it was restored and its common areas are currently rented out for conferences, events, shows and trade fairs.
The best part was throwing our voice in the domed area that once housed the casino. Turns out Hollywood records a lot of Horror movie effects there because of the echo. Was very cool.
The Imperial Museum was formerly the Imperial Palace of Emperor Peter II. When you enter, you will be asked to polish the floors! (Actually, you are asked to wear slippers that help preserve the floors as you walk through the palace.)
The front lawn of the museum contains a beautiful garden full of tropical floura which provides a nice gathering area before or after touring the Imperial Palace Museum.