Museo do Círio
Museu de Arte Sacra
This museum has two parts: the impressive Igreja do Santo Alexandre and the adjoining Palâcio Episcopal (Bishop’s Palace). Santo...
Forte do Presépio
The city of Belém was founded in 1616 with the construction of this imposing fort, which was intended to protect Portuguese interests...
Catedral da Sé
After years of slow, sad decline, Belém’s historic cathedral now radiates inside and out, thanks to a major renovation. The exterior...
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...
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Museo do Círio information
The many idiosyncrasies of Belém’s famous religious festival, the Círio de Nazaré, are explained in this handsome museum, from the discovery of a tiny statue of Mary in a riverbank in 1700, to the story behind the 400m, 450kg rope that's now such an integral part of the procession, the faithful masses jostling for a chance to touch or pull it.
Explanations in Portuguese only.