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The Pedro Ernesto Palace, opened in 1923, is part of the important architecture of Rio de Janeiro city and is located at Square Floriano Peixoto popularly known as Cinelandia.

The palace was designed by architect Heitor de Mello and developed, after his death, by Archimedes Memoria and Francisco Couchet. Its architectural style is eclectic, because it mixes elements of two neoclassical styles Louis XIV and Louis XV, who also inspired the Lescot wing of the Louvre.

The building today houses the Rio de Janeiro City Hall and was nicknamed as "Golden Cage" by the historian Brasil Gershom, due to the high cost of its construction, 23,000 contos de reis (something about half million dolors in current coin), is was twice expensive then the Municipal Theater of Rio January.

In te last October 15 was Teacher's day in Brazil. In this day the teachers of the municipal schools were in front of the City Hall protesting for better salaries that results in hard confront with Police where 200 peoples were arrested. Many people are now protesting against the Police asking for release of these people.

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