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  • 1. Basílica de Nossa Senhora de Nazaré

    Nazaré | Museum/Gallery

    It's hard to miss this opulent Roman-style basilica—not only does it stand out visually, but there's an enormous samauma tree (kapok variety...Read More

  • 2. Casa das Onze Janelas

    Cidade Velha | Museum/Gallery

    At the end of the 18th century, sugar baron Domingos da Costa Barcelar built the neoclassical House of Eleven Windows as his private mansion...Read More

  • 3. Mangal das Garças

    Cidade Velha | Park/Playground

    City beautification efforts to increase tourism and encourage environmental conservation led to the creation of the Mangrove of the Egrets,...Read More

  • 4. Ver-o-Peso

    Comércio | Market/Bazaar

    Its name literally meaning "see the weight" (a throwback to the time when the Portuguese weighed everything entering or leaving the region)...Read More

  • 5. Bosque Rodrigues Alves

    Marco | Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    In 1883 this 40-acre plot of rain forest was designated an ecological reserve. Nowadays it has an aquarium and two amusement parks as well as...Read More

  • 6. Capela de São João Batista

    Cidade Velha | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Prodigious architect Antônio Landi finished this small octagonal church in 1777. It was completely restored in 2013 and is considered the city...Read More

  • 7. Catedral da Sé

    Cidade Velha | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In 1755 Bolognese architect Antônio José Landi, whose work can be seen throughout the city, completed this cathedral's construction on the...Read More

  • 8. Estação das Docas

    Cidade Velha | Marina/Pier/Dock

    Next to Ver-o-Peso market on the river, three former warehouses have been artfully converted into a commercial–tourist area. All have one wall...Read More

  • 9. Forte do Presépio

    Cidade Velha | Military Site

    Founded January 12, 1616, this fort is considered Belém's birthplace. From here the Portuguese launched conquests of the Amazon and watched...Read More

  • 10. Igreja Nossa Senhora das Mercês

    Comércio | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Another of Belém's baroque creations, this church is notable for its pink color and convex facade. The shell dates from the 17th century, and...Read More

  • 11. Museu de Arte de Belém (MABE)

    Cidade Velha | Museum/Gallery

    The permanent collection of furniture and paintings at this museum dates from the 18th century through the rubber boom. The museum is housed...Read More

  • 12. Museu de Arte Sacra

    Cidade Velha | Museum/Gallery

    A guided tour (call 48 hours in advance to reserve an English-speaking docent) begins in the early-18th-century baroque Igreja de Santo Alexandre...Read More

  • 13. Museu Emílio Goeldi

    São Brás | Museum/Gallery

    Founded by a naturalist and a group of intellectuals in 1866, this complex contains one of the Amazon's most important research facilities....Read More

  • 14. Museu Histórico do Estado do Pará

    Cidade Velha | Museum/Gallery

    The Pará State Museum is in the sumptuous Palácio Lauro Sodré (circa 1771), an Antônio Landi creation with Venetian and Portuguese elements...Read More

  • 15. Parque da Residência

    São Brás | Park/Playground

    For decades this was the official residence of the governor of Pará; now it provides office space for the Secretaria de Cultura (SECULT; Executive...Read More

  • 16. Praça da República

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

    At this square you'll find a large statue that commemorates the proclamation of the Republic of Brazil, an amphitheater, and several French...Read More

  • 17. São José Liberto

    Jurunas | Museum/Gallery

    Belém's old prison began as a monastery, became a brewery, then an armory, a nunnery, and eventually the final stop for many criminals. Today...Read More

  • 18. Teatro da Paz

    Campina | Arts/Performance Venue

    Greek-style pillars line the front and sides of this 1878 neoclassical theater, modeled on Milan's La Scala opera house; inside, note the imported...Read More

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