The old fort
One for the history buffs, most old towns have one and Belem isn't any different, look back to the bad old days, when the fort was in use for the defence of the town, its very well maintained and worth doing, but, if forts aren't your thing, then don't bother, nice setting though.
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General de Gaulle Would Not Have Been Impressed
In a famous bon mot, Charles de Gaulle said, 'Brazil? Brazil is not a serious country.'
The Brazilians, however, were the only South American country to send combat troops into World War II. They fought — and some died — during what is now generally conceded to have been an unnecessary campaign on the Italian peninsula.
Other than that, the Brazilian Army's greatest victory was in the 19th century. Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina pummelled poor Paraguay. (Over 90 percent of that landlocked nation's male population was killed.)
While the world need not fear the Brazilian Army, it surely ought to admire that army's Belem headquarters, a beautiful early 19th century building.
Theatro da Paz
Incredilbe theater built in 1878 in the Cicle of Rubber in Amazon Rainforest.
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This beautiful early 18th century building once housed a merchants' guild. It's now part of the library system of the Federal University of Para (UFPA).
Dockside Colonial Buildings
Belem's 'old city' is a treasure-trove of colonial buildings, many restored, many not. These are some that face the Estacao das Docas.
Mangal das Garças Park
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