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Yellow Palace

Join a guided tour to discover the history and secrets of this yellow-hued palace building, which serves as the city hall of Petrópolis.

The Yellow Palace (Palacio Amarelo) is a beautiful landmark located in the heart of Petrópolis’ historic center. It’s an interesting place to include on a walking tour of the city’s European-style architecture. The Yellow Palace is the seat of the municipality of Petrópolis. Come here to admire its architectural grandeur, peek inside its rooms and watch government workers pass by.

José Carlos Mayrink, a senator of the Empire of Brazil, commissioned the construction of the palace in 1850 during the rule of Dom Pedro II. It originally consisted of one single story. The Baron of Guaraciaba acquired the palace in 1891 and it became the City Hall of Petrópolis in 1894. Look up to the upper floor, which was added in 1897.

The elegant yellow-brick façade showcases a neoclassical design. It features Greek-style columns, capitals and pilasters. Notice the cherub carvings placed above the windows of the upper floor. A balustrade runs along the top of the building with a dome at each side. Crowning the two domes are statues of winged angels.

Visitors are welcome to enter the palace and witness the activity of a working administrative headquarters. Take one of the free guided tours to get an understanding of its purpose and century-old past. Decorative highlights of the interior are the grand marble staircase and the detailed woodwork of the chambers. Study the paintings by José Huss and the detailed ceiling by the sculptor Henrique Levy. At the top of the staircase is a bust of Emperor Dom Pedro II.

Located in the city center of Petrópolis, the palace is within walking distance of other city attractions. Opposite is the Imperial Museum, which has artifacts that recount Brazilian history. A short walk to the north is the Cathedral of Saint Peter of Alcantara, a French neo-Gothic masterpiece. Santos Dumont House, the former residence of a national aviation pioneer, is also worth visiting.

The Yellow Palace is open daily and admission is free. Join one of the guided tours that take place at regular intervals during opening hours.

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Hotel Casablanca Imperial
Hotel Casablanca Imperial
3 out of 5
Rua Da Imperatriz, 286 Centro, Petropolis, RJ
The price is AU$62 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
Located in Historic Center, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Vale do Paraíba and 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Imperial Museum. Yellow Palace and Casa De Claudio De ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (665 reviews)
"We enjoyed our stay. It is a beautiful, historic property, and is right next to the Palácio Emperial. It is also within walking distance to the other historic sights in town. I especially loved the breakfast area, and of course breakfast was delicious too!"

Reviewed on 2 Nov. 2021

Hotel Casablanca Imperial
Grande Hotel Petrópolis
Grande Hotel Petrópolis
3.5 out of 5
Rua Do Imperador 545, Centro Historico, Petropolis, RJ
The price is AU$80 per night from 18 Jan. to 19 Jan.
Located in Historic Center, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Imperial Museum, Liberty Square and Petropolis Wax Museum. House of Santos Dumont Museum ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (453 reviews)
"Great location right in the center of town. The staff were all courteous and helpful."

Reviewed on 19 Dec. 2020

Grande Hotel Petrópolis
Hotel Reggia Catarina
Hotel Reggia Catarina
3.5 out of 5
Av. Ipiranga 211, Petropolis, RJ
The price is AU$116 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Located in Historic Center, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Vale do Paraíba and 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Imperial Museum. Rui Barbosa House and House of Princess ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (4 reviews)
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Reviewed on 27 Nov. 2021

Hotel Reggia Catarina
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Hostel Vin Imperial
Hostel Vin Imperial
2 out of 5
R. da Imperatriz 40, Petropolis, RJ
The price is AU$25 per night from 18 Jan. to 19 Jan.
Hostel Vin Imperial
Grande Hotel Petrópolis
Grande Hotel Petrópolis
3.5 out of 5
Rua Do Imperador 545, Centro Historico, Petropolis, RJ
The price is AU$80 per night from 18 Jan. to 19 Jan.
Grande Hotel Petrópolis
Hotel Casablanca Imperial
Hotel Casablanca Imperial
3 out of 5
Rua Da Imperatriz, 286 Centro, Petropolis, RJ
The price is AU$62 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
Hotel Casablanca Imperial
Hotel Reggia Catarina
Hotel Reggia Catarina
3.5 out of 5
Av. Ipiranga 211, Petropolis, RJ
The price is AU$116 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Hotel Reggia Catarina
Casa Rosa Hotel Boutique
Casa Rosa Hotel Boutique
3.5 out of 5
Rua Alfredo Pachá, 76, Petropolis, RJ
The price is AU$132 per night from 17 Jan. to 18 Jan.
Casa Rosa Hotel Boutique
Hotel Solar do Império
Hotel Solar do Império
4 out of 5
Av. Koeler, 376, Petropolis, RJ
The price is AU$148 per night from 19 Jan. to 20 Jan.
Hotel Solar do Império
Hotel York
Hotel York
2.5 out of 5
Rua do Imperador, 78, Petropolis, RJ
The price is AU$46 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Hotel York
Pousada Imperial Koeler
Pousada Imperial Koeler
3 out of 5
Av. Köeller, 99, Petropolis
The price is AU$63 per night from 18 Jan. to 19 Jan.
Pousada Imperial Koeler
Pousada Princesa Isabel Dom Pedro
Pousada Princesa Isabel Dom Pedro
3 out of 5
Avenida Dom Pedro I, 152 - Centro, Petropolis
The price is AU$58 per night from 17 Jan. to 18 Jan.
Pousada Princesa Isabel Dom Pedro
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