if you are in Curitiba do not...
if you are in Curitiba do not miss the scenery trip down to Paranagua by train or by bus..and from there get out to a peaceful beach-place called Guaratuba..still rather unknown under foreigners..with friendly people and they have nice beaches
Torre do Brasil Telecom
Torre do Brasil Telecom (Brazil Telecom Tower) was inaugurated in 1991. It was made primarily as a communications structure, but the company also made it into a panoramic viewpoint for anyone wanting to see the far reaches of the city of Curitiba. The observation deck is 109,5 m high and provides a 360º view of the city. It's really fascinating!
Torre do Brasil Telecom is the only telephone tower with an observation deck for sightseeing that is open for visitors. Check out the interesting map of Curitiba made out of stone floor tiles. Worth visiting is also the Museu do Telefone. To get to the observation deck you take an elevator and you can stay as long as you like. The front desk is also one of the city's tourist information points.
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"History of Curitiba"
300 YEARS OF CURITIBA
Curitiba's history reveals, since its beginning, the role represented by the community participation in events that have required serious decisions and have resulted in significant changes.
In 1668, thanks to pressures put by the so-called "good men", the hamlet was authorized to become "pelourinho" (literally, the word means whipping-post; here it means a community that has its own incorporated government, e.g., justice-executive-legislative body). As elections have not been realized however, local own government has not been established, and the upgrading of the hamlet to village status was postponed.
On March 29,1693, again thanks to initiatives of its own population which amounted to 90 "hearths" or families, Curitiba through its Captain-settler Mateus Leme finally have had elections that accomplished the process of the "establishment of justice", giving the hamlet village status.
That is why the historian and then counselor Romario Martins proposed the date of May 29 as Curitiba's founding day. So, since 1906, thanks to law signed by Luis Xavier, that date is commemorated by the people of Curitiba as the city's legal birthday.
From the very first actions concerning the commemorations of Curitiba's 300 years, the municipal administration has sought to develop a cultural process under the motto "commemorating is knowing".
The preoccupation in retaking the paths of memory became the guiding line for carrying out the commemoration efforts and reproduces the principle that has oriented the urban changes which made Curitiba a model city, thanks to the creativity and efficacy of solutions that the city has been finding for its social and economic problems.