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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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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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  • When you came to Belem the instant must-go place is the local market know as "Ver-O-Peso", very peculiar with many tastes to be served in local food, exotic herb and handmade artifacts. But the histor...  more »
  • As any colonial town, Belém has its magnificent "Old City" ("Cidade Velha"), with the amazing constructions that Portuguese settlers and religious orders ornated their main post at the very entry of t...  more »
  • Cidade velha is a great place to visit. Just don't go at night or wearing jewelry, it is a shady part of town, but highly recommend you go and sit by the river sipping coconut water.  more »