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Belém: the dream city

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If you want to settle in Belém, you will have plenty of things to discover. Indeed, it is world-known tourist destination.

Belém, capital city of the state of Para, is located in the Amazon estuary in northern Brazil, a few kilometers away from the Atlantic Ocean. It is also known as the "Mangoes City" due to the presence of mango trees which can be found all over the city. The name Belém is inspired from Bethlehem, the city where Jesus Christ was born.

Features

Situated near the Guama River, Belém is the largest industrial and commercial port in the region. The region has many natural resources such as iron ore and aluminum. Its economy highly depends on these. Belém also exports coconuts, pineapples, cassava, jute, black pepper, as well as rubber, etc. The massive Tucurui dam produces electricity.

Moreover, Belém has the country's largest outdoor market where you can find fresh fruits, vegetables and fish, ornamental plants, herbs, not to mention handicrafts.

History

There are many things to discover in Belém. Firstly, you can visit the Praça República and the Teatro da Paz which are located in the South-East of Belem. It is a neoclassical theater built in 1869 which hosts operas and plays.

You can visit the São José Liberté Space which is nearer to the city center. You will find the Para Gems museum where minerals and gemstones mined in the region are exhibited. There, you can admire the precious stones and learn about the archaeological materials and minerals of the Amazon region, as well as jewelry from the 'Belle Époque'.

The Praça Dom Pedro II, the Cathedral da Se, built in 1750, and the Forte Castelo, built in 1616 host small museums. The former governor's palace in the 18th century, La 'Casa das Onze Janelas', also known as the House of Windows, has been turned into a contemporary art and photography museum. The building has also served as a hospital in the 19th century.

The Emilio Goeldi Museum is a center for botanical, archaeological and anthropological researches. It includes a botanical zoo with more than 2,000 native plant species and over 600 Amazonian wildlife species such as monkeys, tapirs, jaguars, black panthers, as well as reptiles, turtles, birds and rare fish species.

Cruise

During your free time, you could also explore the surrounding islands, including the island of Marajo which is located in the Amazon delta. The Parrots and Mosqueiro Islands can be accessed by a bridge. You can find hotels and holiday residences there.

Parks

The Amazon Bioparc, located Tenon, surrounded by forests and rivers, has a zoo and a safari. You will discover the region's lush fauna and flora, as well as paintings made with cabloco patterns. Moreover, the park has four different species of alligators, monkeys, otters as well as the harpy eagle and tucannos, etc.

In the city center, the Rodrigues Alves Botanical Garden has more than 2,500 native plant species, and an orchids’ corner. You will also find animals like the squirrel monkeys, agoutis and aras. The garden also has waterfalls, lakes, caves and a mountain replica.

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