One of the most magnificent libraries in the world is located in Rio de Janeiro’s city center. Real Gabinete Português de Leitura is a library that was founded in 1837. The building was erected in 1880 and the façade is modeled after the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon. The façade was crafted out of limestone in Lisbon and shipped to Rio.
The interior has a spectacular wooden reading room with a huge chandelier and skylight. The library has over 350,000 volumes and the largest collection of works in Portuguese outside of Portugal. Some rare books date back to the early 16th century.
Note: The only time you should visit this area is during the weekdays. Nights and weekends are absolutely off limits. Nobody lives in this area and it is not safe to be there alone. You should also be aware of your surroundings and be very careful with valuables.