In 1837, Portuguese immigrants from the city of Rio de Janeiro decided to build a library that resembled them. 50 years later, the Real Gabinete Português de Leitura (literally the “Portuguese Royal Reading Cabinet”) sees the light of day thanks to architect Rafael da Silva Castro. Considered one of the libraries with the largest and most prestigious collection of Portuguese literary works, it houses countless publications – over 350,000 –, on three floors.
Discover first editions, some dating back to the 16th century, as well as a small collection of paintings, sculptures and ancient coins. The decor is also worth seeing. The external Manueline-style facade in limestone imported from Lisbon, decorated with various statues, mixes Gothic and Moorish influences. The inside of the building is made of wood. Admire its coffered ceiling, carved columns and glass dome, letting in the perfect light for reading.
Real Gabinete Português de Leitura
R. Luís de Camões 30
Rio de Janeiro 20051-020
+55 (0)21 2221 3138