The Amazon

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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. Museu do Seringal Vila Paraiso


    Originally constructed as part of a film set, this rubber museum is in a 19th-century mansion on the banks of the Rio Negro, a 25-minute boat...Read More

  • 4. Centro Cultural João Fona


    To learn more about Santarém's culture and history, head for the Centro Cultural João Fona. This small museum has a hodgepodge of ancient ceramics...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Museu do Índio

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

    The Indian Museum is maintained by Salesian Sisters, an order of nuns with eight missions in the upper Amazon. It displays handicrafts, weapons...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Palácio Rio Negro

    Centro | House/Mansion/Villa

    The extravagant Rio Negro Palace was built at the end of the 19th century as the home of a German rubber baron and was later used as the official...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. Usina Chaminé

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

    In an early-20th-century sewage-treatment plant that never functioned, this cultural center on the banks of the Rio Negro features interesting...Read More

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