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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. 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 old buildings are beautiful, but many are in ruins. Next to the Ver-O-Peso market has a lot of dirt and the stench is horrible.
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  • Neighborhood with old buildings, the old Bethlehem. A charming neighborhood, near the Guajará Bay, where you can view the boats tearing up the waters.
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  • Neighborhood containing an extra charm because that's where the city began with the arrival of the Portuguese. Popular with several nocturnal attractions
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