Asunción Sights

The city is built on a rise overlooking a large bay formed by the Río Paraguay. The centro (downtown) runs south–southeast from the bay for about 10 blocks to Teniente Fariña, and it stretches 17 blocks from Colón in the west to Estados Unidos in the east. Most hotels, restaurants, shops, and offices can be found in this rectangle, easily explored in a day. Except for the irregular shoreline

along the river, Asunción's streets follow a standard grid. Downtown streets are narrow and generally have one-way traffic. Two major squares—Plaza de los Héroes and Plaza Uruguaya—provide cool resting places in the shade of jacaranda trees. You'll appreciate these during the unbearably hot October–March months. Addresses are frequently expressed in terms of intersections. If the location is close to an intersection, the address may be expressed as "Alberdi casi Estrella" (Alberdi "almost at" Estrella).

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Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción

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Inside the renovated seat of the Archdiocese of Asunción, portions of which date from 1687, are an enormous gilded altar and many 18th...

Gran Hotel del Paraguay

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This well-preserved mansion has an illustrious past as the former home of Madame Elisa Lynch, the Irish mistress of Paraguayan dictator...

Jardín Botánico y Zoológico

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Besides plenty of plants and a small zoo, you'll find a fine example of a country house, once the home of President Francisco Solano...

Manzana de la Rivera

  • Museum/Gallery

In a model for urban planners everywhere, the city of Asunción combined this manzana (block) of nine historic houses near the river...

Museo de Bellas Artes

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The region's artistic legacy is displayed at the Museum of Fine Arts, which has a collection of paintings and sculpture by Paraguayan...

Museo del Barro

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Though billed as a modern art museum, the so-called "Museum of Clay" includes colonial and indigenous art, but is actually better known...

Museo del Cabildo

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During the Francia dictatorship, Paraguayans were not permitted to view the exterior of this building, but today you can even tour the...

Palacio del Gobierno

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The elegant horseshoe-shaped Government Palace, with verandas and wide staircases, overlooks the bay and is Asunción's iconic sight.

Panteón Nacional de los Héroes

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Nothing symbolizes Paraguayan history more than the National Pantheon of Heroes, a memorial to the fallen soldiers of the country's hopeless...

Plaza de los Héroes

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This plaza, whose centerpiece is the Panteón Nacional de los Héroes, is the heart of Asunción. Since the subtleties of Paraguayan...

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