Photo Sávio Martins
Real Gabinete Português de Leitura
The Real Gabinete is a public library—but not the kind you find every day. This neo-Gothic pile, erected by Rio’s dynamic 19th-century Portuguese community, holds 350,000 valuable volumes, impressively shelved in immense, floor-to-ceiling bookcases. The rich, evocative scenario calls up far-away times and places; the reading room’s iron chandelier and multicolored clearstory enchant visitors who are welcome to sit down and read as well. Only when you’re back on Rio’s bustling downtown streets will you realize just what an oasis the Gabinete is.
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R. Luís de Camões, 30 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20051-020, Brazil
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