Estacao das Docas is the remodeled waterfront of former warehouses. These structures were pre-fabricated in England and built in Belem in the beginning of the 20th century. The bright yellow cranes are a symbol of the city’s past.
The Complexo Feliz Lusitania is a complex of 16th to 18th century buildings next up the river. It includes the old fort, two churches and the Dom Pedro II Plaza.
Casa das Onze Janelas, House of Eleven Windows, now houses a modern art museum and has a wonderful riverside location.
Forte do Castelo is the original riverside fortress which dates back to the founding of the city.
The museum of the fort contains many archaeological ceramic pieces. I would strongly encourage visiting this museum because of the displays and explanations of the exhibits. IMHO, this is the best collection and least well-known collection in the city.
Museu Emilio Goeldi, founded in 1866, would have been a huge disappointment for me had it not been for the park, and small zoo, in which the museum is located.
The park offered me my first glimpse of Victoria amazonica, the largest variety of water lily. They are an amazing sight with their huge leaves which can grow to three m, almost ten feet, in diameter.
Parque da Residencia has served as the official residence of the state governor since 1934. The cast iron bandstand and the station Gasometer, another old English iron structure, which is now a theater make up some of the sights in this public park. The station Gasometer once belonged to the Gas Company of Para.
The Basilica of Our Lady of Nazareth of Exile is located near the edge of Murucutu Creek. According to legend, a farmer had found an image of the Virgin and Child on the edge of the creek and decided to take it home. The legend goes on to tell that every time the farmer took it home that it would return to the location where he had found it. He ultimately built a small chapel near the edge of the creek and it has evolved into the church we see today. Construction of the current church began in 1909.
The Sao Bras Market began construction in 1910 and has a structure of iron. It has a mix of architectural styles. In 1910, Belem was at the height of its golden age because of Amazonian rubber.
Vladimir Nabokov, the Russian author, wrote, “The few times I said to myself anywhere: ‘Now that’s a nice spot for a permanent home,’ I would immediately hear in my mind the thunder of an avalanche carrying away the hundreds of far places which I would destroy by the very act of settling in one particular nook of the earth.”