Cathedral Sao Pedro de Alcantara is a neo-Gothic church named for both the patron saint of the Empire and the Emperor Dom Pedro II. Construction began in 1876, but the celebratory first Mass wasn't held until 1925. We found the Imperial Chapel inside the main doors to the right containing the remains of the Emperor Dom Pedro II, the Empress Dona Teresa, their daughter Princess Isabel, and her husband.
Museu Imperial was built by Dom Pedro II in 1845 as his summer palace. It is now used as a museum where visitors can experience the life of 19th century Rio through furnitures, household items, paintings, drawings, and crown jewels.
In the garden, the palace's coach house has a collection of 18th and 19th century carriages and coaches. The highlight is the royal carriage, painted in gold and pulled by eight horses.
Expect to wear a pair of slippers provided by the museum to protect the wooden floors. Taking photos inside the museam is prohibited and you will be asked to use their locker to put all of your belongings.
It's open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 5pm and the admission fee is R$4 (US$1.30).
Commissioned by Princesa Isabel and built in France, the structure was inaugurated in 1894 as an agricultural exhibition hall. The palace is now used for cultural events and exhibits.
It's open Tuesday through Sunday from 9am to 6:30pm.
The obelisk marks where the first foreign (I'm guessing Portuguese) settlers in Petrópolis made their settlement, in similar fashion as the obelisk in Buenos Aires was built to mark the first Spanish settlement. Both obelisks are in what are now busy thoroughfares in their respective cities, only the one here isn't as well noted as that one or even the one in Washington, D.C. called the Washington Monument.
This cathedral was built in honour of São Pedro II. It is one of the rarest Gothic temples in Brazil. The cathedral is impressive enough by day, but it is all the more so taken at night. Of course I never did go inside. On the first 2 trips abroad, I pretty much had my fill of cathedrals.
Not open to tourists, Alexandre thought it would be a good idea if I posed for a photo in front of the Petrópolis Town Hall as if giving a press conference on the improvement of telephone service to Brazil. The town hall of Petrópolis is more ornate than that in Hanover or Halifax Counties, or even that of the new city hall in Richmond. It was built in 1889 originally for the Baron of Rio Negro’s residence. It became the seat of government for the state of Rio de Janeiro when Petrópolis was its capital. At the same time, the neighbouring building- built by the baron’s son, became the courthouse. Now, it is the seat for local government in the town of Petrópolis.
Summer resort by the Emperor D. Pedro II.
The architecture of the building follows the neoclassic style and wasn't considered a luxury place, once it was the residence of sovereigns, but it was perfect as a cottage, in sprite of being elegant.
The building is made of a central body, with two floors and a terrace above the portico, and with two wings with twelve windows each. In its central front there are the Empire Arms.
There are many objects and documents of great historical value, i.e. the crowns of both emperors. The crown of D. Pedro I had its precious stones extracted and used in his son's crown.
TUE to SUN noon to 17:00
Inaugurated in 1884, the Crystal Palace is made of a metallic structure and plates of french glass.
The Palace was built simultaneously to the Eiffel Tower, and it is one of the examples of how the Industrial Revolution had influenced the architectonic styles. It was Brazil's first pre-molded building.
By the time, it has two purposes: an exhibition place for plants and fruits, and an assembly room. In April 1, 1888, Princess Isabel gave to 103 slaves their "Set Free Letter", in a ceremony celebrated at the Crystal Palace.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After being the the Cathedral, we arrived to this gorgeous building made almost entirely of glass and surrounded by beautiful gardens and two fountains located one at each side of the principal entrance.
The palace's pieces were made in France in the late 1870s, and was finally opened in 1884. It belonged originally to the Horticultural Association of Petrópolis, leaded at the time by the Count of Eu, husband of Princess Isabel. It served for parties and important social gatherings of the royal family. Today this palace is used for seminars, events and expositions relevant for the town.
This house, erected in 1884, was designed to be one of the most beautiful mansions in town. Right now, however, it is known for being the "House of the Seven Mistakes". And it is because the two towers of the house, supposedly to be identical, are really different, so the pairs of windows, balconies, top of ceilings, among others, do not match!
Want to see the seven mistakes? Just observe the picture and find out...
This palace is near Museu Imperial. In front there is a beautiful roundabout, with the representation of an eagle on the border of the pilet of water. The eagle is the symbol of Petropolis, and it is present also in its emblem.
Since it is the headquarters of the Municipal Chamber of Petrópolis from 1897, tourist cannot get in to admire the inside, which is said to be an artistic jewel. But we could learn that it was built by the Chamber in the end of S. XIX as a "last remedy" to evict an aristocrat that lived exactly in the front, and for whom the presence of the Palace was a disturbance for the sight.