Royal Portuguese Reading Cabinet

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Royal Portuguese Reading Cabinet. Photo: Isabela Kassow / Diadorim Ideias
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In 1837, a group of Portuguese immigrants, mostly merchants and expatriates, founded the Royal Portuguese Reading Cabinet. The idea was to expand the knowledge of patricians living in the Empire Capital. 

Photo: Isabela Kassow / Diadorim Ideias.

Today, the Cabinet is the largest and most valuable library focused on Portuguese authors outside Portugal. Works have been preserved since 1888 in a Neo-Manueline architecture style building. Apart from the large collection, the architecture and decoration are also worth noticing.

An interesting reading room of 400 square meters and 23 meter high ceiling, with medieval-style adornments and stained glass works in iron and glass. The 350,000 work collection has been digitized. Rare works and manuscripts include "Ordenações de Dom Manuel" by Jacob Cromberger, edited in 1521; as well as "Amor de Perdição" manuscripts by Camilo Castelo Branco; a Tupi Dictionary by Gonçalves Dias and hundreds of letters written by acknowledged writers. 

General Information

Address: Luiz de Camões Street 30, downtown.
Phone: (+55 21) 2221-3138
Opening hours:

Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm.

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