Photographer's Note

Constructed in 1944, the Quitandinha Palace is one of the most impressive architectonic monuments in Petrópolis, with its 50 thousand square meters and six floors and 10 meter high rooms. There are 440 apartments plus 13 large rooms. In one of these rooms, the ceiling is an impressive achievement of engineering: a deep blue dome 30 meters high and with 50 meters in diameter, which produces an intersting echo effect -- if you stand on the right "echo point", your voice may be echoed up to 14 times! The project followed the Norman style, which presence in Petrópolis is very strong, due to its German colonization.

Quitandinha Palace was formerly Quitandinha Cassino, Latin America's largest cassino, during the period when gambling was permitted in Brazil, from 1930 to 1946. Right in front of the Palace there is a 18 thousand square meter lake.

Although it is probably not officially confirmed, in the old times when the Quitandinha Palace was still a big cassino, people who lost everything they had in there used the lake to commit suicide...

Today, quitandinha is still a hotel and a youth hostel, less prestigious than before, but it's charm remains untouched.

Where before was the cassino room, today it is often used to promote galas, weddings, parties and school graduations.

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Additional Photos by Bruno Camolez (kmolz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 269 W: 55 N: 220] (997)
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