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Cidade Velha, Belem
(3.5/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web)
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. A visit to Cidade Velha represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Belem vacation builder to plot your vacation.
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  • The churches (the Cathedral, do Carmo and St. Alexander), the Nativity scene, museums (the Nativity scene, of the State of Pará, Sacred Art) and the proximity of all, must make take a turn to the site
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  • Right in the center of town, the complex is formed by the Cathedral, home of the eleven Windows and strong of the crib. It is easy to park and you can visit all the sites.
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  • The place is beautiful, due to its architecture, but the lack of security has just become an obstacle to the good and benefit of the people. I personally do not walk alone down there
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