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    Graves of Emperor Peter the II and family

    by besbel Updated Dec 19, 2003

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    Imperial family's graves

    Just after getting in the Cathedral Sao Pedro de Alcantara, to the right side, you will find the graves of Emperor Peter the II, wife Teresa Cristina, daughter Isabel and son-in-law Count d'Eu.
    Their lapids consists of representations of their bodies, and were made on Carrara marble weighing almost 3 ton! In the middle are placed Peter the II and Teresa Cristina. At their right in behind, there´s the grave of Princess Isabel, and at their left in behind, the grave of the Count of Eu.
    At the back of the graves, there's a beautiful little altar made also in marble.

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    Catedral Sao Pedro de Alcântara

    by besbel Updated Dec 19, 2003

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    Catedral Sao Pedro de Alc��ntara

    This church was named after the saint that Emperor Peter the I (father of Peter the II)decreted as "protector of Brazilian Empire". Built in gothic style and finely decored with Carrara marble, onix and bronze, it was started in 1884.
    Besides its artistic value, the Cathedral holds not only several reliques from martyrs, but also the graves of Emperor Peter the II, his wife Teresa Cristina, Princess Isabel and her husband the Count of Eu.

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    Museu Imperial (Imperial Museum)

    by besbel Written Dec 17, 2003

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    Museu Imperial

    This palace, built from 1845 to 1864, was the vacation residence of Emperor Peter II and his family. Now it is a museum that exposes the daily life of the Imperial family from paintings, furniture and the royal clothing of the Emperor till jewellry and the crowns of both Peter I and II. It also exhibits pieces related to historic events happened during its reign (e.g. the original decree freeing slaves signed by Princess Isabel).
    Most of the pieces exhibited, however, do not belong to this Petrópolis home. A number of them had to be brought from the imperial palace in Rio de Janeiro during the Getulio Vargas presidence, because several pieces were lost when the palace turned into a school after the instauration of the Republic.
    The entrance is 5 reais (around US$1.5) and before getting in you will be asked to remove your shoes and use soft socks provided by the museum, in order to preserve the wooden floor.

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    Palácio Quitandinha

    by besbel Updated Dec 17, 2003

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    Quitandinha

    This beautiful building was meant to be the biggest, most luxurious hotel-casino in America. Since its foundation in 1944, its hostages used to be millionaires, actors, politicians of that time. However, after the prohibition of gambling in Brazil in 1946, the hotel did not survived and their rooms were sold as apartments. Now it was remodelled again, and serves as center of conferences and seminars.
    Just to mention one of Quitandinha's multiple architectural richness check the dome of Mauá room... it is the biggest in the world, just comparable to that of St. Peter's Cathedral in Vatican City.

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    Modest Imperial Splendour

    by NedHopkins Written Oct 5, 2003
    Pal��cio/Museu Imperial

    By all accounts, the Emperor Dom Pedro II was a modest, smart, and nice man. For half a century he worked against the large landowners in a subtle and prolonged effort to abolish slavery. His success in 1888 -- though the final law was signed, in his absence, by his daughter, Princesa Isabel -- caused the slaveowners to join his opponents in overthrowing the monarchy and establishing a republic (actually an oligarchy dominated by those same landowners).

    The emperor's personality and interests -- in music especially -- are evident in the imperial palace. His and its modesty are reflected in this "grand entrance;" the splendour is evident everywhere inside.

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    Gambling Banned

    by NedHopkins Updated Oct 5, 2003
    The No-Gambling Casino

    The majestic and opulent Palácio Quitandinha, built in 1944, was designed as South America's largest casino hotel.

    To indicate that the casino was meant to draw big rollers from all over the Western Hemisphere, the builders created an artificial lake (bottom center in the picture) that's roughly in the shape of the South American continent. They also had the street in front of the casino renamed "United States Avenue."

    The joke was on somebody. The casino flourished for only a few months: in 1945, barely a year after Quitandinha opened, the government banned casino gambling everywhere in Brazil.

    Today the huge "palace" is a sports, exhibition, and tourist center.

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    A Glass Marvel

    by NedHopkins Written Oct 4, 2003
    Pal��cio de Cristal

    The Crystal Palace was built in France in 1879 as a gift from Dom Pedro II to his daughter, Princesa Isabel. Intended as an exhibition hall, it was immediately put to use as the imperial ballroom.

    The gala ball held to celebrate the abolition of slavery in 1888 was held here. (A year later the monarchy was overthrown, in part because it had worked for and finally issued the abolition law.)

    Today the palace is used for exhibits and concerts.

    (Frommer's Brazil guide -- which is misleading or just wrong on so many things -- says the palace was inaugurated in 1894. By that year poor Dom Pedro II had already died in an undistinguished Paris hotel.)

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    Everything here is like a trip back in the histoy.

    by Andreas_Fran Written Jul 24, 2003

    There are more than a dozen of place to visited, some of them are really intresting and has the sweet smell of the past:
    Casa sa Princesa Isabel, Case do Barao de Maua, Casa de Santos Dumont, Catedral Sao Petro de Alcantra, Floralia, Museus das Armas, Museus Imperial, Museus Casa do colono, Orquidario Binot, Obelisco, Palacio Amarelo...

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    Crystal Palace

    by b1bob Updated Mar 8, 2003

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    Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace. Alexandre tells me that Princess Isabela- the one who signed the emancipation order for Brazil- discovered her husband the Conde d'Eu- was cheating on her with about every woman in sight. To save his marriage (and maybe parts of his anatomy) he built the palace of crystal and iron.

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    Casa Marques de Itarare

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 13, 2005

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    I don't know anything about this house and I'm even uncertain with it's name but it looks unusual with it's high pointy spire roof. It's located on the corner of Av. Koeler and Parco de Liberdade.

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    NS do Fatima - Great View on Petropolis

    by rui_bijie Written Jan 5, 2004

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    NS do Fatima

    Invest some sweat and walk up the hill to the statue Nossa Senhora do Fatima and get a stunning view on the mountain area around Petropolis.

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    More sights...

    by Andreas_Fran Written Jul 24, 2003

    ...Palacio de Cristal, Palacio dos Correios, Palacio do Quitandinha, Palacio Rio Negro, Parque Cremerie, Praca da Liberdade, Praca Dom Pedro II, Relogio das Flores, Trono de Fatima...

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