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    adventures in the park

    by ines2003 Written Jan 7, 2014
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    ziplines have two large extent that cater safely children, youth and adults. The challenge begins with a crossing of 300m long and 30m high on dense bushland that covers a natural gap in the relief area. In return are more 240m flight over the lush vegetation of the site.

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    visit lami lake

    by ines2003 Written Dec 31, 2013
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    efore this, Porto Alegre was the port of Viamão on the shore of Guaíba Lake. Its previous name was Porto dos Casais (Port of the Couples), and it was initially settled by Azorians. Many families of settlers also came from the city of Rio Grande in the littoral Lagunar region, to the south, a military fortress at that time. Today Rio Grande is the most important port of the State of Rio Grande do Sul. The city is also known as "Porto do Sol" (Port of the Sun) and "Cidade Sorriso" (Smile City).[8] More than 70 neighborhoods (see below) are part of the city and two-thirds of the population are concentrated in the Zona Norte (Northern Zone), where most of the economic activity, including the city center, takes place.

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    POA

    by zampieri Updated Dec 6, 2012

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    The capital of the southernmost state of Brazil has a suggestive name. Only the words 'Port' and 'Alegre' pass who does not know a great tranquility and gives the impression of a quiet and happy. Despite having 1.5 million people, and the air still preserves the traditions of a small town, not missing those who want to stroll through the park Sunday morning, prepare a nice barbecue or indulge in a mate with the neighbor.

    In Porto Alegre, the speech is almost sung gauchos able to enchant those who are not familiar or who loves to hear the accents of the four corners of Brazil. With an air of European climate and even more so in the city today proliferate cafes - great places for you to rest from wandering by the Centre. A city of the great poet Mario Quintana (who is now a House of Culture in his honor) and the father of pain-to-elbow - Lupicinio - is famous for its center, where there are three important historical and cultural centers. In the Plaza de la Aduana , are the Art Museum of Rio Grande do Sul, the Memorial of Rio Grande do Sul, the Club Trade etc. At the heart of Cathedral Square are the Metropolitan Cathedral (which besides having one of the largest domes the world has three panels on the facade executed in the workshop of the Vatican), the monument to Julio de Castilhos (President of RS in the late 19th century), the Public Library, the seat of state government and Legislature, among others. One of the best places for shows in town is the Teatro São Pedro, which deserves a detailed visit. Nearby are the Museum of Julius Castilhos , with parts of the gaucho culture, indigenous, missionary and the Solar House, a cultural center with documentation, research and library. And the third core, the squares XV and Montevideo are the Largo Glênio Peres, the charming cottage of Praça XV, the Source Talavera de la Reina, City Hall and the Municipal Public Market, a great place to shop. Just imagine Porto Alegre and its historic center, now gives greater desire to know. And the best part is that everything is close, you can walk.
    If you prefer, there are free tours, which take place on Saturdays, especially to take visitors to these three cores. It's Viva Center Walking, a project guided by experts in history and architecture. feature The small town is also present in Porto Alegre in touch with nature. Upon arriving in town, you'll soon hear the famous 'Brique Redemption'. Before you try to guess what would be the 'brique', explained: The Ragamuffin Park , the oldest and the main recreation area of the capital, is known as 'Redemption' by Porto Alegre. On Sundays, becomes a meeting point for locals in traditional fair, sort of Flea Market - which is brique. Things to do in the park abound: you can ride a pedal, take your child to theplayground and minizoológico. Enjoy, too, to visit the Auditorium Araújo Viana. Beautiful People are in every corner of Porto Alegre, but if you're looking for the point, go to the Park Windmills (or Parcão for city dwellers). Situated in one of the prime areas of Porto Alegre, has lake minicascata, replica of a windmill and walking track. And around there are bars, cinemas, shops and gyms, which makes the place a meeting place day and night. Turning the city center to the south is the Marine Park of Brazil - and almost attached to it, the Park Maurice Sirotsky nephew
    - a tourist complex along the Guaiba river , perfect for enjoying the sunset. How about a boat ride on the waters of the Guaiba? The visuals are wonderful trip and certainly unforgettable. The outputs are the Central Gate the Quayside or mooring of Usina do.
    For those who have little time in the capital, the tip is embarking on Line Tourism . The double-decker buses are two scripts that give an overview of the city. More tourists, the line runs through the Traditional Old Town, parks and around the Guaiba until Iberê Camargo. This script allows the passenger embarkation and disembarkation points in five of the path to get to know in more detail the locations and neighborhoods of services covered. The city tour South Zone is a path without stopping, and the main attractions are the natural landscapes of the city. The highlights are the Ipanema beach, some properties of the tourist route Paths of Porto Alegre and the Shrine of Our Lady Mother of God, that the top of Morro da Pedra Redonda allows a 360 degree view of the city. The service operates from Tuesday to Sunday. Going to Porto Alegre and not experience a true gaucho barbecue is like going to Rome and not seeing the Pope. For you who do not live in the south, do not think that the BBQ you are used to eating is the traditional gaucho. According to locals, the best beef cattle is the rib, but the barbecue can be done up with beef and lamb. already consumed by the Tupi-Guarani Indians, the mate came to be condemned by the Jesuits. Today is a habit of the gaucho. Even in Porto Alegre, it is common to see men in the streets with containers, pumps and thermoses with hot water to enjoy the yerba mate without sugar - the traditional mate. To know a little more of that culture, go to the Public Market. On newsstands you find exposed the different types of grass and the utensils to prepare it.

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    Portinho

    by zampieri Updated Dec 3, 2012

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    A great city, beautiful and well cared for, with numerous tourist attractions. I went through there, and I was in the hotel royal palace, a very bad place, with average daily in the city, full of problems, including hygiene, plus the parking, which is offered on its site, but is charged Nightly part, he has been good in the past as well in the past.

    For someone in the state capital, with or without means, tourism line, with double-decker bus is a great option to know the city, at fair prices.

    their football clubs are the heritage, and is indispensable to know their stadiums, waterfront, Olympic arena and guild, all with memorial, and low prices.
    squares and parks are also attractive, well groomed all the Ragamuffin or redemption ... Best of all, ample space and well attended.

    The old center is well maintained, clean and safe, there are the Metropolitan Cathedral, the seat of government of rs, legislative assembly, all with free, plus other buildings and monuments. the plant's gas tank, gets the banks of the Guaiba Lake, and has a beautiful gazebo, also there, as in harbor, boats out of sight.

    Already the port region, unlike other cities, it is clean, organized and very well attended, there are the main gate of the port, market and city hall, the square of Customs, the beautiful church of Our Lady of Sorrows, and countless museums, such as the military brigade, the Brazilian army command south, cultural santander and others, all with free.

    The famous statue of the looper, is close to the airport, and there's nothing more, is small, and is in the middle of a square.
    bangalore worth knowing!!

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    an old Powerplant with a new Purpose

    by pepples46 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Porto Alegre has so many things, places, parks, markets, culture and what have you to show of with. a City in the south of Brasil, around 850km from Montevideo/Uruguay or 1400km from Buenos Aires/Argentina
    a City with a wonderful Port and the greenest image in all of Brasil
    take a look at the other VT pages or at the website below, just for you to see, what this City is all about. you might be tempted to visit, next time you are in Brasil, or Argentina or Uruguay

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    Tourist Bus

    by reon80 Written Dec 1, 2010

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    Porto Alegre just got it's first sightseeing bus - Linha Turismo. It was actually kind of fun. It leaves from the tourist office downtown, and takes you on a guided tour with English, Spanish, and Portuguese translation.

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    Santa Casa da Misericordia (Hospital of Mercy)

    by Alless Written Apr 12, 2010
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    Santa Casa de Misericordia Hospital is a major Hospital based in Porto Alegre. It is reference in Latin America for transplants and genetic research.It is a university hospital linked to the UFCSPA (Health Sciences Federal University of Porto Alegre).

    The hospital of the Santa Casa de Misericórdia of Porto Alegre was founded in 1803, attending the needs of the province of São Pedro do Rio Grande do Sul, which didn't have a hospital at that time. The first nurseries were opened in 1826, giving medical and social assistance to slaves, the poor and criminals. With the end of slavery and the development of capitalism, there was a change in the Institution's aim, which moved from its role of providing social assistance to a more therapeutic role, aiming also at research and teaching. This constant search for improvement has made the Santa Casa da Misericórdia of Porto Alegre a pioneer in several fields of medicine.

    The little chapel (Nosso Senhor dos Passos Church)was built inside the historical building of the Hospital of the Mercy, in Porto Alegre. Its date of foundation is not know, although a manuscript kept there suggests it dates from around 1814. Between 1909 and 1910 was largely reformed and turned into a neogothic building. Its high altar shows an old statue of Our Lord. The chapel was restored in 2004.

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    Gasometro (Old Gasometer Factory )

    by Alless Written Apr 10, 2010

    Located on the shores of Guaíba lake, it is an old thermoelectric powerhouse, one of the first reinforced concrete buildings of State,projected to generate electricity based on coalt, was active from 1928 to 1974.The large chimney (117m tall) is still maintained and is considered one of the city postcards. Since 1991, its 18,000 sqm of total area were opened to the public and become one of the most important cultural centers of the State. This place hostes ....also famous for being one of the best places to see and enjoy the famous and elusive sunset of Porto Alegre. During the weekends, this place is the right destination for many city residents and tourists because of the view of Guaíba lake, with its islands and nature, and also for the boardwalk along the lakeshore, which is commonly used for walking, bicycles, rollers and others.

    Near the Gasometer is the port of Porto Alegre.
    Cost: Free
    Open: Tues - Sun 9am.-9pm.

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    Linha Turismo Tour

    by Alless Updated Apr 9, 2010

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    It is the best way to know the city, by panoramic bus tour.Is there 02 routes : the " tradicional " and the " Zona Sul" .The "Tradicional line" is a tourist bus line that rides through 11 neighbourhoods and shows the main attractions of the city (parks, trees, statues, hospitals, churches, etc), with audio guides in three languages. The trip is 28km long and lasts for about 1h20min, and the arrival is at the same departure address. From Tuesdays to Sundays (holidays included) Departure time: 9h ( Tradicional ),10h30 ( Zona Sul tour ) ,13h30 (Zona Sul ), 15h30 (Tradicional)

    Suggest make reservations in advance for the tour and arrive and buy the ticket 30 minutes before the departure.Choice second floor, with no ceiling, (without windows, better to take pictures or video ).

    If you will take pictures just be carefull with camera because bus is fast, it will not stop just on red signal ...
    tickets cust : ( just money no accept cc )
    Tradicional - 1 floor R$ 8,00
    2 floor R$ 10,00 (no ceiling)
    Zona Sul - 1 floor R$ 10,00
    2 floor R$ 15,00 (no ceiling)

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    Beneficiencia Portuguesa Hospital (Old building)

    by Alless Updated Apr 9, 2010

    The ground was achieved in the old Village Way (Caminho da Aldeia), the current Independence Avenue, donated by Dr. Dionisio de Oliveira Silveira and his wife, D. Sofia Maria da Silva Freire Silveiro. The design for the new hospital was the responsibility of the engineer Frederick Heydtmann, and the facade was designed by Ignatius Weingärtner lithographer, being foreman Francisco Antonio Pereira dos Santos.

    The cornerstone of the new building, which today is one of the landmarks of the capital, was released on June 29, 1867, and thanks to several donations and auctions, concerts and other events for fundraising, works followed rapidly until its opening in June 29, 1870, which occurred amid great festivities. In early 1871 the first chapel was completed inside the building, and installed its first chaplain, Father Cirilo Joaquim da Cunha on February 12. On June 29, 1872 was enthroned the patron, St. Peter, whose image was donated by José Fernandes Farm.

    The historic building is composed of two floors, in symmetrical arrangement, with a central projection and side wings that also protrude forward at the ends. The facade, in eclectic style with influences of Portuguese colonial architecture, stands on a small basement and a staircase leads to the entrance door.
    A cornice crowns the building with a gable-aligned entrance, where a relief shows the shields of the Kingdom of Portugal and the Empire of Brazil, topped a crown plus the name of the institution - BENEFICIENCIA PORTUGUESA - and the date 1868.

    In this building in the golden times was the Maternity Hospital better known and respected, where many Portoalegrense people of today cried for the first time.Nowadays ,since 2007, in this old part is there the Museum of History of Rio Grande do Sul 's Medicine (MUHM.)
    Museum Open - Mondays to Fridays - noon to 8pm.
    Saturday Sunday and Holidays - 3 to 8 pm.

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    Rocco Confectionery

    by Alless Updated Apr 9, 2010

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    Rocco Confectionery is a majestic art nouveau building located on the corner of Riachuelo Street and Doctor Flores Street,next Conde de Porto Alegre Square in Downtown Porto Alegre. Built between 1910 and 1912 by Salvador Lambertini and Manuel Itaqui Barbosa Assunpção for the Italian-born confectioner Nicolau Rocco, it shows plenty of adornments on the facade, including huge pilasters, powerful atlantes and fine iron work to the many balconies. Its exquisite products and luxurious inner spaces made it a traditional meeting point for the fashionable and enlightened society ( people like Góes Monteiro, Eurico Gaspar Dutra, Getúlio Vargas, Daltro Filho e Mário de Andrade), where took place also balls and banquets.It is a City Heritage building since 1997.
    In 2006 was restored and hosted the " Casa Cor 2006 " ( an architectural / interior design annual event ).Nowadays the rocco building is kept closed.

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    Metropolitan Cathedral

    by Alless Updated Apr 9, 2010

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    Cathedral

    You cannot miss to visit what is the main historical and imponnent building of Porto Alegre.The Cathedral project was designed by the Roman architect Giovani Batista Giovenale, who was an attaché at Saint Peter’s Basilica. For the design, the architect looked for inspiration in the Partasso Cathedral. Its architectural style derives from the Renaissance. The gigantic Indians’ heads who serve as a basis for the dome posts symbolize the former inhabitants of the region. The pink granite stones were extracted from a stone-pit in Teresópolis neighborhood.

    The first stone was laid on August 7th, 1921, after the old church back had been demolished. The works were presided by the clergyman João Maria Balém, when the archidiaconate was directed by D. João Becker.

    The cathedral is 80 m long and 47m wide. Its dome is 73.99 m high, with 18.0 m of diameter. The front towers are 50m high.

    Although its construction began in 1921, this cathedral wasn't completed until 1986. Its predominant style is Italian Renaissance, but note the twin bell towers, which were inspired by 17th-century Jesuit missions. The facade's mosaic panels were made in the Vatican ateliers

    Open: Daily 7-noon and 2-7

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    SÃO PEDRO THEATER

    by Alless Updated Apr 8, 2010

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    S��o Pedro Theater

    Its the city's oldest theater,project by Felipe de Normann and inaugurated in 1858, when Porto Alegre was still nammed Sao Pedro Provincia. Built in portuguese baroque style and decorated in velvet and gold. As the antique european theaters, presents the auditorium in the shape of a horseshoe.After renovation it was tumbled as cultural heritage in 1984.
    Capacity: 1100 people

    Open : Tuesdays to Fridays - noon to 6pm.
    Or in any concert / event time

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    Justice Palace ( Palacio da Justica )

    by Alless Updated Apr 8, 2010
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    The Palace of Justice in Porto Alegre was the product of public competition in 1952 conducted by the Department of Public Works of the State Government of Rio Grande do Sul, organized by the IAB.( Institute of Brazilain Architects).Built in the Matriz Square (Praça da Matriz), between 1953 and 1968, the Justice Palace (Palácio da Justiça), project by Luis Fernando Corona and Carlos Maximiliano Fayet, is one of the most important buildings of contemporary Brazilian architecture in the State.
    Moreover, throughout the years, some alterations and deformations had been made due to daily use and due to lack of occupation criteria. These alterations have changed the characteristics and also have suppressed important spaces of the building, as the restaurant located on the last floor. Fifty years after the Competition, in 1952, the remaining co-author, Carlos M. Fayet (1930-2007), was hired by the Tribunal de Justiça do Estado do RS to rehabilit the building to the current Justice. So, between 2002-2006, this work of rehabilitation was primordial to restore and complete the original project fifty-three years after its conception.
    Detail to the bronze sculpture on main buillding facade, The Justice Godess, "Themis"(with 9 meters height)and the lateral panels,under original project but just executed in 2005 ( by C.Fayet)

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    Julio de Castilhos Monument ( Matriz Square )

    by Alless Written Apr 8, 2010

    Located at Matriz Square,it was made in France by the brazilian artist Decio Villlares (1851-1931) and inaugurated in 1913.Positivist conception, represent the three most significant stages of the life of the statesman: the Republican Marketing, the Organization of the Government and the stage following the withdrawal of the Government. It has 22.5 m high.

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