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The North Zone

Tijuca, Grajaú, Andaraí, São Cristóvão and Vila Isabel are the main districts in the North Zone. It is surrounded by mountains and hills, looking very different from the south of the city, where beaches are concentrated.

Quinta da Boa Vista Museum, former residence of Dom Pedro II and his family.

A beautiful farm in the past, the Paço de São Cristóvão, built in 1600, and property of the Portuguese Elias Antonio Lopes, was donated to Dom João VI when he moved with the royal Portuguese family to Brazil in 1808.

Located at Quinta da Boa Vista, this former residence of the Brazilian imperial family became a museum in 1892, with a large collection in display, distributed in an area of 3.800 m². The National Museum has fossils, stuffed animals, many Egyptian and Greek collections and others. The museum is divided in six departments: Anthropology, Botany, Geology/Paleontology, Entomology, Invertebrates and Vertebrates. It was the first scientific institution in Brazil, created by Dom João VI in 1818. Today it is part of Rio de Janeiro Federal University (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro - UFRJ).

Rio's Zoo (Jardim Zoológico do Rio de Janeiro) and the Fauna Museum (Museu da Fauna) are also located at Quinta da Boa Vista.

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 This is the Quinta da Boa Vista park, where the museum is located. It's a large area used for recreation during the weekends, when many kids visit the zoo.

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