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About Petrópolis

Petr?polis (the town of Peter) is located in northen Rio de Janeiro. It was founded in 1843 by mayor Julio Koeler under the auspices of Emperor Peter the II. It was built over the land that his father, Peter the I, bought in 1830, seduced by the weather and location in the mountains. The city was meant to be the vacation town of the royal family, composed at that moment by the Emperor, his wife Teresa Cristina, and daughters Isabel and Leopoldine. The most prominent aristocrats of the time also built palaces in this city for vacational purposes.
Soon after his foundation, Petr?polis became one of the most important cities in Brazil, politically speaking. A great part of Brazilian history has transcurred in here.
In their palaces and public places most political decisions were discussed (before being executed in Rio de Janeiro). It was also the capital of the State of Rio de Janeiro during a short time (1894-1903).
Now Petr?polis is more than a small, classy town located in the middle of the mountains. It's one of the must see while being in Rio de Janeiro. Its beauty, historical treasures and own traditions made me realize that it had an own personality. A personality forged in the mountains, with a mix of European immigration' initiatives and Brazilian enthusiasm. I loved it!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Historic places, beautiful surroundings
  • Cons:It's colder than other places in RJ
  • In a nutshell:A true Imperial gem!
  • Last visit to Petrópolis: Aug 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2008 at 9:47 PM

    Wonderful page of Petrolis. Enjoyed the details of the museum, palace and buildings here. Cheers from Penang, SL :)

  • ATLC's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2007 at 3:06 PM

    Intriguing House of Seven Mistakes. I'm still counting :-) Greetings from The Netherlands!

  • Mailo's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2006 at 8:58 PM

    Me hiciste recordar mi visita a petropolis hace 25 años, fui en bus, y estuve un dia tal como vos lo hiciste, pero no habia quien me explicara nada, ahora ya se la historia de todo eso que vi.. gracias. saludos desde Honduras

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2006 at 6:05 PM

    great page!

  • BluBluBlu's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2005 at 10:31 AM

    Lovely photographs and detailed tips on a place I've never heard of! Thanks! Happy travels, Blu

  • suvaa003's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2005 at 11:08 AM

    like your page, will read it again

  • andrea.d's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2004 at 3:09 PM

    Lovely page :)

  • Henkster's Profile Photo
    Feb 26, 2004 at 4:19 AM

    Looks really great, historic architecture with Brazilian enthusiasm - what a mix!

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2003 at 11:54 PM

    you are absolutly right about the House of 7 Mistakes, never thought about it.great pic of the Quitandinha, fabulous page Flor thank you for sharing

  • quartinb's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2003 at 11:28 PM

    the chocolats seems nice:-)


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