PRESIDENTIAL DIGS

Now it so happens that we live right close to where the President of Brazil used to live. At the Catete metro station is a building that we call 'the Eagle Building' - the photo below explains why. 

Catete Palace, originating from the 1860's. 

Catete Palace, originating from the 1860's. 

This very cool old photo shows the building they way it  was it as in the Rio landscape in 1895. We are staying on the very right of this picture at the base of the hill.

This very cool old photo shows the building they way it  was it as in the Rio landscape in 1895. We are staying on the very right of this picture at the base of the hill.

The 'Palace of Eagles' as it is more officially known, was the presidential residence in Brazil for 63 years ending in 1960, when the presidential office was moved to capital Brasilia.  Now the building has been restored as a museum and it it makes for a wonderful visit.

We were almost the only people there. Lili and Dante studying details of the stairwell frieze in the Noble Room.   

We were almost the only people there. Lili and Dante studying details of the stairwell frieze in the Noble Room.

 

In the Pompean room. 

In the Pompean room. 

The Venetian (yellow) room. We spent a long time looking at the beautiful painting in this room. 

The Venetian (yellow) room. We spent a long time looking at the beautiful painting in this room. 

There are two singers here - the serenader and the bird. 

There are two singers here - the serenader and the bird. 

Dante looking presidential in the French (blue) Room. 

Dante looking presidential in the French (blue) Room. 

I made a little collage of some beautiful details in the building. The red chandelier is from the Moorish room.    I got even a bit inspired to make different themed rooms in our little home when we get home! 

I made a little collage of some beautiful details in the building. The red chandelier is from the Moorish room.  

I got even a bit inspired to make different themed rooms in our little home when we get home!