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Back in the 18th century Petropolis was a place of no importance called Fazenda do Corrego Seco, only serving as a passage between Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais. Because of the verdant environment and its pleasant climate, Pedro I bought it in 1830 and started building a palace as his summer residence. But it was his son, Pedro II who finished it. Then its royal history started. It was often the center of interest as great members of royal-blood families or important aristocrats gathered here. Deservedly it is also known as “Imperial City of Brazil”! German, Italian and Portuguese immigrants were attracted and helped in the construction of the city leaving their traces in architecture and culture.
Don Pedro signed the Declaration of Independence in 1822 and many years later, in 1888 his daughter Isabella signed the “Golden Law” abolishing slavery in Brazil. Even after the final exile of Don Pedro, Petropolis kept its importance. By 1857 Petropolis was already a city. It was capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro between 1894 and 1903.
The climate is fresh and agreeable in the summer, although it gets quite cold during the rainy season - October to April. The temperature is around 20 C year around.
The name comes from the Greek word "polis" which means ”town or city“ and ”Peter“ in Greek, which is referring to Don Pedro I.
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