Another spectacular and impressive library The Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading can be found in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was founded on May 14, 1837. The library was built in the neo-Manueline architectural style. It is the creation of architect Rafael da Silva e Castro.
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Vasco da Gama
The facade of this lovely building was inspired by the Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal. It was built with limestone rock shipped to Rio de Janeiro from Lisbon. The statues and medallions in the entrance depict distinguished Portuguese, among them Pedro Alvares Cabral, a Portuguese nobleman, explorer, and military commander, Luis de Camoes, a great Portuguese poet, Infante D. Henry, known as Prince Henry the Navigator and Vasco da Gama, a well-known Portuguese explorer.
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The library opened its doors in 1887 with a seemingly endless collection of Portuguese texts. Its growing collection expanded to 350,000 books and soon was known to have the largest collection of Portuguese literary works outside of Portugal. Here you can find rare original manuscripts, singular works of literature and unique proofs. Today this collection received around 6,000 new books a year and is fast on the way to having 400,000 volumes. You can also view impressive paintings here.