Fun and exotic, the capital of Pará is one of the most different cities to visit in the country. Discover 16 places to visit in Belém

The capital of Pará is a great example of a national metropolis that has been modernized at a constant pace, but which manages to maintain its classic buildings in a harmonious way. In addition, other areas of the city won urban planning projects and were remodeled, bringing even more life to the destination.

Bethlehem is also known for its green areas spread throughout the city that allow great walks and outdoor activities. One of them is the majestic Mangal das Garças, a green space on the banks of the Guamá River that has become home to countless species of birds.

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So many outdoor attractions make it possible to see the vast majority of the city's iconic buildings in a city tour on foot. Discover 17 points in the city that tell the story of Bethlehem and are perfect for to stroll:

Places to visit in Bethlehem

See-o-Peso Market

Places to visit in Bethlehem

Places to visit in Bethlehem. Photo: Camila Neves Rodrigues da Silva / Wikimedia Commons

Belém's most famous tourist spot is one of the oldest public markets in the country and the largest open fair in Latin America. It's a great place to try the spices of the Amazon rainforest and some typical dishes from the state.

Opening hours:
From Tuesday to Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm. Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm.

fort of the nativity scene

The construction marks the foundation of the city and was built to defend the entrance to the Amazon Rainforest against possible invaders. THE fort do crib is located in the neighborhood of Old City and has one of the most iconic views of Belém, formed by the Guamá River and the See-o-Peso Market.

Opening hours:
From Tuesday to Friday, from 10 am to 3 pm. Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm.

Republic square

Located in the heart of Belém, in the Campina district, the Republic square it's a great place to do outdoor activities or take a short walk. The area concentrates important buildings and monuments such as the Theater of Peace and the Monument to the Republic, approximately 20 meters high.

Opening hours:
Open all days. 24h

Docks station

Photo: Cayambe / Wikimedia Commons

The tourist complex installed in the old warehouses of the river port of Belém gave way to one of the most interesting spaces in the city. THE Docks station it is the stage for cultural events and concentrates great options of restaurants, snack bars, breweries and ice cream parlors.

Opening hours:
Mondays from 10 am to 12 pm. From Tuesday to Friday, from 10 am to 1 am. Saturday from 10 am to 3 am, and Sunday from 10 am to 12 am.

Historical Museum of the State of Pará

The MEP offers several services, such as temporary and long-term exhibitions presented in the main halls of the mansion, where there are furniture, sculptures, academic paintings and utilitarian objects from the Art Nouveau period.

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. Saturday Sunday and holidays from 9 am to 1 pm.

Basilica of Nazareth

The third oldest basilica in Brazil marks the end of the famous Círio de Nazaré, one of the largest processions of faith in the world, which always takes place on the second Sunday of October.

Mass hours:
Monday to Friday: 7 am, 8:30 am, 12 pm and 6 pm.
Saturdays: 7 am, 8:30 am, 12 pm and 3 pm.
Sundays: 6:30 am, 8 am, 10 am, 4:30 pm, 6 pm and 8 pm

Zoobotanical Park

Located in the urban center of Belém, in the neighborhood of Nazaré, the Zoobotanical Park shelters the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi and a significant display of fauna and flora of the Amazon rainforest

Opening hours:
Wednesday to Sunday, from 9 am to 5 pm

Theater of Peace

Places to visit in Bethlehem

Places to visit in Bethlehem. Photo: Socorrosimonetti / Wikimedia Commons

An icon of Pará architecture, Theatro da Paz was built inspired by the Teatro Scala, one of the most famous opera houses in the world, in Milan, Italy, and has all its materials and decorative objects brought from Europe.

Opening hours:
From Tuesday to Friday, from 9 am to 3 pm. Saturday from 9 am to 12 pm and Sunday from 9 am to 11 am.

Museum of Sacred Art

First Museum of Sacred Art in the Amazon Region, MAS is installed in the complex of the Church of Santo Alexandre in the cultural circuit Feliz Lusitânia, in Cidade Velha. The museum houses more than 300 pieces of sacred art, being one of the most important collections in Brazil.

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.

Antonio Lemos Palace

The current building of the headquarters of the Municipality of Belém was built between 1868 and 1883, with the purpose of being the Municipal Palace and has an incredible collection with more than 200 pieces of furniture and adornments from the 19th century.

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm. Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm

Ver-o-Rio Complex

Ver-o-Rio Complex The urban space combines spaces for contemplation of nature, the Memorial of Indigenous Peoples, gastronomic spaces and the waterfront next to the Guamá River.

Opening hours:
Monday to Sunday from 8 am to 12 pm and 5 pm to 10 pm.

House of Eleven Windows

The beautiful 18th century building was built to house the military hospital and today houses the city's Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday to Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am to 1pm

Sé Cathedral

Photo: Socorrosimonetti / Wikimedia Commons

Located in the Cidade Velha neighborhood, the Sé Cathedral has neoclassical and baroque architecture and is next to other important buildings in the capital, such as Forte do Presépio and Casa das Onze Janelas.

Opening hours:

Monday from 14:00 to 20:30, Tuesday to Friday, from 7:30 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 20:30.

Saturday from 7:30 am to 10 am and from 4 pm to 8 pm. Sunday from 6:30 am to 12 pm and from 4 pm to 8 pm.

Mangrove of the Cranes

With almost 40 thousand m², Mangal das Garças is undoubtedly the most charming green space in Belém. The complex is made up of bird aviaries, a 47-meter tower that provides an impressive view of the city and the largest public butterfly garden in the country.

Opening hours:
From Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm.

José Liberto Space (Jewelry Pole)

Comprised of the Pará Gem Museum, the Jewelry Workshop and the Artisan House, the Jeweler Pole it is installed in an old prison with 250 years of history and today it has become a cultural, tourist, commercial and architectural heritage reference of the city.

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm.

Rodrigues Alves Forest

Former residence of the governors of Pará, at the beginning of the century, the Residence Park houses an orchid nursery with species from the Amazon, an old wagon of the Bragança Railroad and the Gasometer Station, a space with a theater, café and shops with regional products.

Opening hours:
Tuesday from 9 am to 6 pm. Wednesday to Sunday from 9 am to 10 pm.

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