Photographer's Note

Situated in the historic center of Petropolis, the Museu Imperial de Petrpolis, was the former summer palace of the emperor Dom Pedro II (1831-1889), built on 1845/1862 in neoclassic style.

Petrpolis, also known as The Imperial City of Brazil, is a town in the state of Rio de Janeiro, about 60 km from Rio de Janeiro city.

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.

Under his successor Pedro II, German farmers from the Rhineland were encouraged to immigrate and to settle on the Emperor's outlying lands, to help give the Palace a charming urban setting. The settlement of Petrpolis was founded on March 16, 1843, being promoted to district in 1844 and finally city in 1857. The road connecting the city to Rio de Janeiro was opened in 1910 and paved in 1928.

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