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  • Address: Avenida Rio Branco, 219 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ 20040-009, Brazil
  • Hours: Weekdays - Monday to Friday - 10 am to 5 pm Saturdays, Sundays and holidays - 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

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National Library

Holding over 9 million volumes within its stacks and archives, Brazil’s extensive National Library (Biblioteca Nacional) is the largest library in Latin America and remains one of the first institutions established during Rio’s reign as imperial capital of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil, and the Algarves. Founded in 1810 and relocated to its current handsome Greek Revival-style setting in 1910, the library has maintained an archive of the country’s most important publications, periodicals, photographs, films, and music through the present—its collection of Brazilian popular music is unmatched, with over 200,000 pieces, from samba to sertanejo (a genre from the dry backlands of the northeast akin to American country music).

The library is open for public use and wows visitors with its elegant red-carpeted staircase and eclectic interior flourishes. One of the most valuable holdings inside is the late-19th century photography collection of Empress Theresa Christina Maria, Naples-born wife of Brazil’s second emperor, Pedro II, which was recognized by UNESCO for its historical significance and given to the library after her death by Pedro on the condition that the collection would be named for her. Despite moving the national capital to Brasília in 1960, a branch of the National Library didn’t open there until 2006.

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Rio de Janeiro Historical Architecture Sightseeing Tour, Rio de Janeiro, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Rio de Janeiro Historical Architecture Sightseeing Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

There’s so much more to Rio de Janeiro than Carnival and Copacabana. On this 4-hour guided tour, visit some of Rio’s most beautiful historical buildings and ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.99
Rio de Janeiro Essential Day Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Full-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Rio de Janeiro Essential Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Enjoy a thorough city tour of Rio de Janeiro. Ascend to the Christ the Redeemer statue early in the morning and be one of the first to see it. Walk down the ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.00
Private Custom Tour: Historic Downtown, Rio de Janeiro, City Tours
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Private Custom Tour: Historic Downtown

Go back in time with this special private tour. Visit the Municipal Theater (inside guided visit), National Library, Museum of Fine Arts, and City Council ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.00
Full-Day Rio de Janeiro Customized Private Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Custom Private Tours
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Full-Day Rio de Janeiro Customized Private Tour

Experience the best of Rio de Janeiro your way on this tailor-made, private, guided tour for up to 14 people. A certified multilingual guide and driver reveals ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $560.00
Private Tour: Santa Teresa and Historic Center with Photo Service, Rio de Janeiro, Custom Private ... 
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Private Tour: Santa Teresa and Historic Center with Photo Service

Enjoy a private combo tour with a professional photographer. Visit the Historic Center and Santa Teresa and take home a digital album in high resolution.Your ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.00
Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Half-day Tours
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Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 533 Reviews

Combine two of Rio's most popular tours on a full-day excursion packed with breathtaking views. In the morning, you'll enjoy a panoramic city tour and have the ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $166.99
Rio de Janeiro Shore Excursion: Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day ... 
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Rio de Janeiro Shore Excursion: Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Combine two of Rio's most popular tours on a full-day shore excursion packed with breathtaking views. Int he morning, you'll enjoy a panoramic city tour and ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $166.99
Sugar Loaf Mountain Half-Day Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Ports of Call Tours
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Sugar Loaf Mountain Half-Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 183 Reviews

Spend the morning at Sugar Loaf Mountain, one of Rio de Janeiro's most famous icons. You'll take a breathtaking ride in a cable car to the top of the Sugar ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.99
Small-Group Rio de Janeiro in a Day Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Half-day Tours
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Small-Group Rio de Janeiro in a Day Tour

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Enjoy a tour in Rio de Janeiro's most iconic attractions and visit Corcovado and Sugar Loaf on the same day and the best time for you. We will take your also ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.00
Rio Walking Tour with More Than 15 Attractions, Rio de Janeiro, Half-day Tours
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Rio Walking Tour with More Than 15 Attractions

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Walking tour in Rio de Janeiro by subway. Small groups, learn more about Rio with a "Carioca Tour Guide" - Cultural, Historical Tour. Visit the main ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.00

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