Cidade Velha, Belem

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The oldest district in Belém, Cidade Velha is home to many superb examples of colonial architecture. Amongst the many palaces, churches and colonial mansions, don't miss the dazzling white Church of St. Alexander, now home to the Museum of Sacred Art of Pará, or the literally named Palace of Eleven Windows. The beauty of the architecture is matched by Mangal das Garças ("Mangrove of the Herons"), a 40,00 sq m (430,556 sq ft) nature reserve home to diverse species of birds, both wild and in an aviary, and a butterfly garden with almost 800 insects. Learn about the history of the Brazilian navy at the Museum of Navigation of the Amazon, or climb the park's 47 m (157 ft) observation tower for an unrivalled 360 degree panorama of Belém. Before you visit Belem, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • If you don;t speak portugeues, take a tour. Lot's of history and beatifull XVIII century architecture  more »
  • This part of the city is dirty and unkempt. There are old and poorly maintained houses, as well as museums and the Church, built centuries ago. nearby the church square is the fish market-it works during the early hours-which is very smelly and full of vultures during the day.
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  • The old town has many rundown houses, but also a few freshly restored (including the Church). There are many stalls that sell easily on the street under umbrellas. In the evening I would trust me here, but during the day it shouldn't be a problem.
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Where to stay in Belem

In Belem, choose from a pleasant array of accommodations depending on your needs. Its central business district, around Avenida Presidente Vargas, offers plenty of large, high-end hotels catering to visiting businesspeople and those looking to enjoy the city in style. Alternatively, you can stay in the historical neighborhood of Campina, where budget lodgings, such as youth hostels and independent guesthouses, make up the majority of options. If you're visiting Belem primarily as a base for onward travel, consider staying near the city's main bus station in São Brás.
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