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A true cultural gem
Real Gabinete Português de Leitura boasts over 350,000 volumes, including rare editions sch as the 1572 Luís de Camões’s “Os Lusíadas.” The library started forming in the 1830s, as Portuguese immigrants and political refugees founded a meeting point for the intelligentsia.
The Real Gabinete Português de Leitura moved to its current location - across from the Igreja de São Francisco de Paula - in 1887. The library spreads over three stories and it has a beautiful reading room.