Rio Negro Palace Museum, Petropolis

3.7
#3 of 13 in Historic Sites in Petropolis
The Palácio Rio Negro is a palace located in Petrópolis, mountainous region of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is one of the official residences of the President of Brazil, used mainly as a country retreat.
In 1889, three months prior to the Proclamation of the Republic, Manoel Gomes de Carvalho, the Baron of Rio Negro, purchased from the heirs of the Klippel family the lot where his summer residence would be built. In February 1896, the Palace and adjacent buildings were sold to the State of Rio de Janeiro, to serve as the official residence of the state Governor.
In 1903, the Palace was incorporated to the Federal Government, and became the official summer residence of the Presidents of Brazil. Since then, sixteen Presidents have made use of the Rio Negro: Rodrigues Alves, Afonso Pena, Nilo Peçanha, Hermes da Fonseca, Wenceslau Brás, Epitácio Pessoa, Artur Bernardes, Washington Luiz, Getúlio Vargas, Gaspar Dutra, Café Filho, Juscelino Kubitschek, João Goulart, Costa e Silva, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, and most recently Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
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  • It is a part of the history of Brasil and a summer home for many Brazilian presidents incl the recent Lula da Silva. But unfortunately it is quite empty and the exposition charts give the history of.....  more »
  • Since 1903 Rio Negro Palace is the summer residence of Brazilian presidents. Although beautiful the place needs an urgent restoration. As a museum there are few things to see there.  more »
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  • Very nice place! Need to renew for discovering the real old style! Brazilian Citizens should be help to keep our history and conservation!
  • This is a marvelous palace where some Brasilian Presidents spent time during the summer. Visit is free. However I am feeling that the palace is not maintained anymore as it should be.
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