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Cidade Alta, Joao Pessoa

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Historic Walking Area
Cidade Alta--"High City" in English--is the historic and cultural center of João Pessoa, and as you wander the streets, you will pass mansions, theaters, museums, universities, libraries, and churches, many painted in bright colors. Some of the buildings have undergone renovations after the area was declared a National Heritage site in 2007, but they still maintain the defining characteristics of their original architecture, be it Colonial, Baroque, Rococo, or Art-Deco. Sites of particular importance that you should include on your tour are Basílica de Nossa Senhora das Neves, Conjunto de São Francisco, Teatro Santa Rosa, and Centro Cultural São Francisco, each having played a significant role in creating the city’s identity. Plan to see Cidade Alta and other attractions that appeal to you using our Joao Pessoa trip itinerary builder.
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  • The visit gives us the history of the place, the people and their habits and customs. Is a beautiful city with much of the preserved heritage. Special visit!
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  • High, is the largest and most developed. Two large avenues cut in: Duque de Caxias Street, where is the busiest trade center. The other is the Viscount of Pelotas to Duque de Caxias say that starts at pça João Pessoa, where we have the redemption Palace (seat of Government), the square and the buildings of the Court of Justice of PB, in front of which we have the State legislature building, formerly the newspaper's Centennial building the Union. From there follow exclusively commercial buildings going with this feature to the corner of the old cine REX, then, until your final with a great series of townhouses, old type houses Almost in the middle of the Duque de Caxias, we have a good sized square named POINT of 100 RÉIS, the most important point of the upper city of Joao Pessoa. On one side of this square was Shorty Palace Hotel, the first and most chic hotel of JPA, today transformed in a sort of decadent popular Mall. In another of this same sq., stood the late Cine Plaza, the most charming of your time, it was at the beginning of rua Visconde de Pelotes, descending from which desembocaríamos in Solon de Lucena Park, pond, strongly reformed and transformed into a "point". Wouldn't it be reasonable to say that the upper town of JPA would continue until much of the AV. Epitácio Pessoa, now but still dominated by houses transformed into offices and the like, by trrás of which we have dozens of residential decades old, with either arranhja-residencail sky.
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  • The colonial mansions reminiscent of the Pelourinho and is very well maintained. Worth the visit, which also offers a beautiful view of the river.
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