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Crystal Palace

Admire the design of this French-built glasshouse, relax in its pleasant garden and attend cultural events such as art exhibits and concerts.

Visit the Crystal Palace (Palácio de Cristal) when touring the historical attractions and museums of Petrópolis. This landmark is a place to enjoy varied cultural experiences and relax while surrounded by the peaceful confines of nature. Count d’Eu commissioned the Crystal Palace in 1884 for his wife, Crown Princess Isabel. In 1888 it witnessed the liberation of the last slaves of Petrópolis and became an events venue in the 1900s.

Notice the building’s glass and steel frame with blue-green windowpanes. It was built in workshops in France and later shipped to Brazil. The architects took inspiration from London’s Crystal Palace. It features a symmetrical cross-shape layout with curving windows on its east and west sides. The interior is empty, with a floral-patterned tile floor and a chandelier, which hangs in the center.

Outside, the palace’s garden presents nice views of the elegant exterior. The well-maintained lawns are framed by tall trees and decorated with topiary-style hedges. Two fountains shoot water into pools and the spray is refreshingly cool on a hot day. Sit on one of the benches if you want to rest for a while.

The palace and gardens become a hive of activity during year-round events. Attend live music performances, browse art exhibitions and watch German folk dancing on Saturday afternoons. One of the biggest events is June’s Bauernfest, which celebrates the city’s German heritage. It’s a raucous festival of traditional food, such as wurst sausages and sauerkraut, craft beers and folkloric dance displays.

Find this attraction north of the city center of Petrópolis on the western banks of the Piabanha River. It’s less than a 10-minute walk from other notable city attractions. Take a guided tour of Cervejaria Bohemia, the longest-running brewery in Brazil. Visit the Cathedral of Saint Peter of Alcantara, the Imperial Museum and the Yellow Palace.

The Crystal Palace is open daily and admission is free. Special events may have admission charges. Ask for information at the visitor center on Liberty Square.

Popular Activities at Crystal Palace

Make the most of your time spent at Crystal Palace. Below is a list of the most popular activities:

Trying out a 5-Day Rio Tour with Christ the Redeemer, Petrópolis, Guanabara Bay Cruise & Sugarloaf will make visiting this fantastic attraction a day to remember!

Take a look at our Petropolis things to do page to learn about many more activities in the area.


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