A Day in Petrópolis

When I hear about this city I always think of Superman’s hometown…Metropolis! 🙂

But the city we went to today is Petrópolis or the Imperial City of Brazil! It is in Rio de Janeiro state about 65km from Rio and Petrópolis is also a very popular holiday spot. The town’s name (“city of Peter”) honors Emperor Pedro II, the nation’s second monarch. The city was the summer residence of the Brazilian Emperors and aristocrats in the 19th century, and was the official capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro between 1894 and 1903.

The main attraction is the former Summer Palace of the second Brazilian Emperor, which is now the Imperial Museum. The Imperial Museum houses some of the most important objects in Brazilian history.(shh…I didn’t tell David that…we all know how he LOVES museums) Actually it looked like a city with some interesting places and architecture that I thought we would have fun photographing and we always drive by signs for Petrópolis on our way to Rio so it’s kinda fun to venture off on unknown roads. Petropolis is the closest mountain resort to Rio, and a favorite getaway destination with cariocas.

I loved Petrópolis. So many fascinating buildings and history. Here is a picture tour of our day in Petrópolis.

Went to Rio and this time followed the signs to Petrópolis
Went to Rio and this time followed the signs to Petrópolis
Heading to the mountains
Heading to the mountains
Climbing the mountains on rough cement roads made an interesting drive
Climbing the mountains on rough cement roads made an interesting drive
A secret garden in the mountains
A secret garden in the mountains
Welcome to the Imperial City
Welcome to the Imperial City

Quitandinha Palace Congress and Convention Center
Quitandinha Palace Congress and Convention Center

Casa de Princess Isabel
Casa de Princess Isabel

Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace

Cathedral of St. Peter of Alcantra
Cathedral of St. Peter of Alcantra

My absolute favorite place we saw today was the Imperial Museum, the former Summer Palace. I can see why it is the highlight. Unfortunately we had to put our cameras and belongings in a locker when we entered the museum so no pictures inside. Here is a bit of history…

Emperor Pedro I, who declared Brazil independent from Portugal on September 7, 1822, spent a night on a farm belonging to a priest, Padre Correia on his way to Minas Gerais  in 1822. Pedro I was pleased with the weather and thought it would be good to have a summer residence here where he could receive visitors from Europe away from the hot weather in Rio( then the seat of government). The royals purchased a farm next to Padre Correia’s farm. When the emperor was forced to resign and return to Portugal in 1831, he left his young son, Pedro II as the ruler of Brazil and the plans to build a palace on the Petrópolis farm were abandoned. In 1843, newly wed, eighteen-year-old Pedro II created Petrópolis by decree. The city and the summer residence were built largely by European immigrants, mainly Germans. This summer residence of Emperor Pedro II is now the Imperial Museum.

Beautiful gardens and walkways
Beautiful gardens and walkways

Dom Pedro II
Dom Pedro II

The Beautiful Imperial Palace Museum in Petropolis
The Beautiful Imperial Palace Museum in Petropolis

And…a cool thing we noticed

Petropolis has its own water! :)
Petropolis has its own water! 🙂

Boa Noite!

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I am from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada and I'm back from traveling with my husband on an expat assignment to foreign lands. 2011-2012 we were in Shenyang, China. Spring 2012- Spring 2013 we were in Resende,RJ Brazil then back to Shenyang, China in July 2013 until the end of July 2014. Expat life WAS amazing! Adventure abounds no matter where we travel to. We really enjoyed the amazing opportunity to live and experience culture and tradition in these places. BUT now we are finished and adjusting to life in our small town in Canada. Our days of travel and adventure are not over.

One thought on “A Day in Petrópolis”

  1. Love the grand buildings in Petropolis. Would love to see how they all look like inside. They have so much history . Thanks for the tour.

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