A multicultural space where you can learn some of the country's history or relax with a coffee
An old mansion that will transport you to a time of grandeur
The Catete neighbourhood, in southern Río, was the core of the city's political, commercial and financial life from the mid-19th century to the start of the 20th century. This golden age saw a rapid increase in stylish buildings and hotels, such as Catete Palace, built between 1858 and 1866 from the designs of Carl Friedrich Gustav Waehneldt from Germany. António Clemente Pinto, Baron of Nova Friburgo and Brazilian businessman, who made his fortune in the coffee industry, managed its funding. Originally known as Largo do Valdetaro Palace or Nova Friburgo Palace, the building was converted to a home for the baron's family until 1889, when it was sold by its heir to a group of investors. After changing to government control due to debts, Vice President Manuel Vitorino converted it to the Brazilian Government headquarters in 1897, which it remained as until 1960. Its corridors saw the death of various presidents, such as Alfonso Pena and Getúlio Vargas, and within its walls, declarations of the 1917 and 1942 Wars were signed. The palace is surrounded by a lake and various gardens, today a public park. Take a walk around the area! It is also a crowded cultural space that houses the Republic Museum, a library, a cafe and a music room.