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Royal Portuguese Reading
The institution was founded in 1837 by a group of forty-three Portuguese immigrants, political refugees, to promote culture among the Portuguese community in the then capital of the Empire. It was the first association of this community in the city.
The current headquarters building, designed by Portuguese architect Rafael da Silva e Castro, was erected between 1880 and 1887 neomanuelino style. This architectural style evokes the exuberant Gothic-Renaissance effect at the time of the Portuguese Discoveries, known as Manueline in Portugal for having coincided with the reign of King Manuel I (1495-1521).
The interior also follows the style neomanuelino doors, wooden shelves for books and memorials. The roof of the Reading Room has a beautiful chandelier and a skylight in the iron structure, the first example of this type of architecture in Brazil. The lounge also has a beautiful monument of silver, ivory and marble (the Altar of the Fatherland), 1.7 meters high, which celebrates the time of discovery, performed at Kings & Sons in Port Antonio Maria Ribeiro by the goldsmith, and purchased in 1923 by the Royal Cabinet.
Among its distinguished visitors, past, are the names of Machado de Assis, Olavo Bilac and John in Rio
The Office publishes the magazine Real Convergence Lusíada (biannual) and promotes courses on Literature, Portuguese Language, History, Anthropology and Arts, aimed mainly at college students.
The history of the Brazilian Academy of Letters is attached to the Royal Cabinet, since the first five solemn sessions of the Academy, under the presidency of Machado de Assis, were held here.
- Daniel Gafanhoto ©2011
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