The meeting between Dom Pedro II and the writer Victor Hugo
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The meeting between Dom Pedro II and the writer Victor Hugo

Since his first trip to Europe, Emperor Dom Pedro II had wanted to meet the writer and staunch republican Victor Hugo, but the great writer’s isolation and the emperor’s previous travel schedule did not cooperate. On his new visit to Europe, with the famous writer once again established in Paris,

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The origin of French Bread in Brazil
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The origin of French Bread in Brazil

The bread most known and consumed by Brazilians is undoubtedly the French Bread. It is part of any Brazilian’s breakfast or afternoon snack. Despite its name, the French bread from our bakeries does not exist in France and, depending on the region of Brazil, it is called by another name.


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Dom Pedro I's Epilepsy
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Dom Pedro I’s Epilepsy

Many people are unaware, but Dom Pedro I suffered from epilepsy – a condition that temporarily alters brain function, reversible, not caused by fever, drugs, or metabolic disorders. During the marriage process of the emperor with Dona Leopoldina, even the Austrians knew about Dom Pedro’s epilepsy, a condition that he,

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The origin of the popular saying The customer is always right
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The origin of the popular saying “The customer is always right”

The origin of the popular saying “The customer is always right” is attributed to the founder of Confeitaria Colombo, a resident of the Glória neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, who honored him by giving his name to one of its small alleys, Manoel José Lebrão (1868-1933).


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The Guanabara Palace in Rio de Janeiro
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The Guanabara Palace in Rio de Janeiro

The Guanabara Palace in Rio de Janeiro was originally of neoclassical design, its construction started by the Portuguese José Machado Coelho in 1853, initially serving as a private residence until the 1860s. In 1865, it became the residence of Princess Isabel and her husband, the Count d’Eu, hence known as

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Joaquim Nabuco's monarchist thinking is current
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Joaquim Nabuco’s monarchist thinking is current

The importance of Joaquim Nabuco in Brazil during the 19th and early 20th centuries is quite evident, as his actions played a crucial role in the abolition of slavery. He is the author of famous yet curiously lesser-known works such as “Abolitionism” and “My Formation.” Joaquim Aurélio Barreto Nabuco de

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The story of the song ‘Água de Beber’
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The story of the song ‘Água de Beber’

The song ‘Água de Beber’ represents a treasure of Bossa Nova, a masterful creation by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes, released in 1961. The English version of the lyrics was meticulously crafted by Norman Gimbel.

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Today in Brazil: The musician Tom Jobim dies
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Today in Brazil: The musician Tom Jobim dies

On December 8, 1994, the musical world lost one of the most illustrious representatives of Brazilian sound art, Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim, known worldwide as Tom Jobim, one of the mentors of bossa nova. Recognized for his musical excellence and refinement, he passed away at the age of


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The Tiradentes Palace in Rio de Janeiro
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The Tiradentes Palace in Rio de Janeiro

The Tiradentes Palace, erected on May 6, 1926, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, is an emblematic building that has housed various institutions over the years. Initially intended for the Chamber of Deputies until 1960, it now serves as the current headquarters of the Legislative Assembly of the State

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The story of the song 'Águas de Março'
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The story of the song ‘Águas de Março’

The song ‘Águas de Março’ is an iconic Brazilian music composition by Antônio Carlos Jobim, one of the greatest figures in Bossa Nova, regarded as one of the most influential Brazilian composers of the 20th century. Released in 1972, the song became a timeless classic and was immortalized in the

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The Amazon Theatre The main postcard of the city of Manaus
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The Amazon Theatre of the city of Manaus

The Teatro Amazonas is one of Brazil’s most important theaters and the main landmark of the city of Manaus. Located in Largo de São Sebastião, in the Historic Center, it was inaugurated in 1896 to meet the desire of the elite of the Amazon region at the time, envisioning the


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The wealth of Emperor Dom Pedro II
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The wealth of Emperor Dom Pedro II

Emperor Dom Pedro II, during his reign from 1831 to 1889, was a prominent figure in the country’s history. His personal wealth was not primarily associated with an exorbitant material fortune, but rather with a vast cultural, intellectual, and emotional richness.

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The history of the song 'Chega de Saudade'
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The history of the song ‘Chega de Saudade’

The Bossa Nova was officially born on July 10, 1958, when João Gilberto recorded the song ‘Chega de Saudade’ at Odeon studios. The arrangements were made by Antonio Carlos Jobim, who also directed the orchestra. “That new way of singing and playing by João Gilberto brightened everything up,” summarizes writer


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