Cidade Velha, Belem

3.5
Neighborhood · Hidden Gem · Other
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. Before you visit Belem, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • This old part of the city is very nice, each building has your own history recorded in its walls. There are several museuns and atique churchs, fort, old mansions, square and a nice view of the...  more »
  • We found most of Belem to be noisy, busy and very dirty. This small pocket of the city around the Metropolitan Cathedral and the fort is an oasis of calm and tidiness. Definitely worth visiting. We...  more »
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