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The Basílica and Museu Goeldi



Basílica de Nazaré: The Basílica was buld in 1852 in the place where the image of Our Lady of Nazaré was found. Its facade reminds the Larger Basilica of São Paulo, in Rome and it possesses a panel with the virgin, the river Amazonas and the representatives of the devote people, besides the columns in marble and of brilliant mosaics.

Museu Emílio Goeldi: Founded in 1866, it is a botanical, zoological and anthropological park. It has more than 2,000 species of plants and trees, numerous Amazon animal and birds and an aquarium with rare aquatic species. Goeldi Museum offers a world-famous ethnological and zoological collections on the Amazon. The museum has a zoological-botanical garden, sheltering manatees, alligators, snakes, monkeys, birds and other Amazonian animals, an aquarium and the ethnology museum itself. Don't miss the collection of Marajoara ceramics, Indian artifacts, stuffed birds and old photos. With considerable archeological, anthropological, botanical and zoological material, the Museum is international renowned and the oldest and most important research institution in the Amazon. Opens from Tuesday to Thursday: from 8am to 12pm and 2 pm to 5pm, Fridays from 8am to 12 pm, and weekends from 9am to 5 pm. Adress: Av Magalhães Barata 376.

The old docks As Docas have been renovated and now house restaurants and shops. The newly renovated docks of Bel&eacuate;m near the Mercado Ver o peso claim the finest restaurants in town, as well as numerous food stands serving local seafood. From the waterfront, stroll to the Praça de Repuública to see the 1874 Teatro da Paz theater that has seen many famous artists.

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  ·Avenida Nazaré: The Basílica and Museu Goeldi
  ·Bosque Rodrigo Alves
  ·Cidade Velha


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