Forte do Presépio
Casa das Onze Janelas
Once the home of a sugar baron, then a military hospital, the Casa das Onze Janelas now houses an excellent art gallery and one of...
Museu de Arte Sacra
This museum has two parts: the impressive Igreja do Santo Alexandre and the adjoining Palâcio Episcopal (Bishop’s Palace). Santo...
Museo do Círio
The many idiosyncrasies of Belém’s famous religious festival, the Círio de Nazaré, are explained in this handsome museum, from the...
Boteco das Onze
Part of Casa das Onze Janelas gallery, this is one of the city’s best restaurant-bars. It has an indoor dining room with modern art on...
Lonely Planet review
The city of Belém was founded in 1616 with the construction of this imposing fort, which was intended to protect Portuguese interests upriver against incursions by the French and Dutch. Today it houses a small but excellent museum, primarily about Pará’s indigenous communities (displays in Portuguese only), and has great river and city views from atop its thick stone walls.