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Friday, April 13, 2012

Palácio da Ilha Fiscal, Rio de Janeiro

Fiscal Island, Rio de Janeiro

Is it really Friday?  This week flew by.  With a churrasco in Teresopolis on Saturday; then a quick trip into Rio for two nights, both nights having a dinner with friends and during the day continuing to put my blog posts from 2009 back together, then returning to Friburgo yesterday; it just seems that there weren’t any quiet hours to think, or to dream and all this activity causing the week to whiz by. 

DSC_7567I have had this post planned for well over a month.  Back at the end of February, Camillo and I decided to go back to the Navy Yard Museum over by the small airport (Santos Dumont in Central Rio).  We had gone over with Carolina during her visit but we were all too hungry to wait for the boat trip to the island, which for me was the main attraction.  This time we were only marginally more successful.  [We really where under the impression that the actual Navy Museum is at this location but it is on the other side of the freeway, walking distance but another day’s adventure.]  We were at the gates when they opened the Espaco Cultural da Marinha’s doors but the boat ride on this particular Sunday was happening only late in the afternoon; we either had to go by bus or wait for another day.  We took the bus.  SAM_0507

The bus drives around through the navy complex, across a short bridge, and takes a very narrow road on the water’s edge, up their driveway – which was built during the horse and buggy days – and parks right in front.  This first photo was taken from the ferry to Paquetá Island.  It is a good thing I had it because once the bus parked up next to the building all you can photo SAM_0485bits and pieces of this historic building - nothing wrong with that, I got plenty of photos that pleased me. 

A bit of history:  Needed as a customs house for the control of foreign ships entering the Guanabara Bay, with the enthusiasm of Emperor D. Pedro II for a “dazzling jewel”, engineer Adolpho del Vecchio designed and built the Palácio da Ilha Fiscal; started in 1881 and completing it in April of 1889 the building was inaugurated with a party which included Emperor D Pedro II  making the 1 km trip to the island on his ‘Galeota Imperial’ (see above).  It is now most famous for the Empire’s Last Ball on the eve of the take over by the Republic.  [“on 15 November 1889, after a 58-year reign, the Emperor was overthrown in a sudden coup d'état that had almost no support outside a clique of military leaders whose goal was the formation of a republic headed by a dictator.”] In 1913, by trading a ship the customs house was taken over by the Navy.  In 2003 an extensive renovation was completed and the building has become one of the premier tourist attractions in Rio.

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Another nice morning spent touring the sites of Rio.


  1. Ginger - I love this building; so cool, it looks like a really old castle!! Thanks for telling us all the history, so we can understand what has happened with the building. I like the stained glass photos!

  2. Oh wow I loved that. You are a great tour hostess. That first photo of the flower is stunning. That bench under the painting in the 11th photo sure caught my eye. Love it. Great post GV.

  3. All this beauty was being built when my little town was still a rustic, backwards place. :)

  4. You got plenty of photos that pleased me, too. This is a great historic place and, as always, you captured and described it so well. Like QMM, I really like the perspective of the 11th shot.

  5. Wow these are amazing view. I also like that boat.


  6. I love the beautiful building, hopefully I get to visit it one day.

  7. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful sites and history. My little log cabin photo does look pretty sad compared to these!

  8. Okay - a challenge for me. I love the history and the photos but what absolutely stunned me was the collage of diagonal green building details...so I know I will spoil the surprise but I wanted to put that grouping as a spotlight. But how do I do it? I don't know how it will turn out but I just took a photograph of my computer screen. Great photo-editing, Ginger.

  9. Some lovely photos - as usual - in your post. The Galeota Imperial is stunning.

    I think this has been one of the best and most inetretsing FMTSOs for a long time.

  10. I'm glad you had a chance to return to the Naval Museum. You always accompany your posts with great photos, too.

    I admit, by the time we got there in August, I was "all-touristed-out" after traveling throughout Brazil for 3 weeks.

    I was just enjoying being in Rio again and enjoying your company ---both yours and Camillo's. You were both great hosts and made my short stay in Rio fantastically enjoyable. My favorite times were just talking to you and Camillo, and being outside in the city. I especially enjoyed our walk around the lagoa and in the botanical gardens and have some lovely photos from my stay.