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Phone: (55) 41 21034000
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Nestled in Curitiba's Água Verde neighborhood, the Praça do Japão (Japan Square) is a dedication to the Japanese nationals who have been residing in the city since the turn of the 20th Century. The square features a koi pond opposite which stands a beautiful pagoda-styled structure that houses a library with a vast collection of Japanese publications. 30 cherry blossom trees dot the expanse of this park, and when they are in full bloom, this park is a picturesque blend of pink and green. Established in 1962, Praça do Japão is also home to a tea house and cultural center.
The intricately designed entrance-way of Rua 24 Horas, may make make you feel like you are entering a mall, but don't be misled as this is the gateway to one of the most popular shopping districts in Brazil. Rua 24 Horas was originally established in 1991, it was neglected and fell into a state of disrepair and reopened in 2011. The street stretches for 120 meters (393.7 feet), and is home to more than ten stores and restaurants. This covered street features two clocks at the access, signifying 24 hours of the day. The place was designed by Simone Soares, Abrão Assad and Célia Bim; renowned local architects.
Fonte Mocinhas Da Cidade is a dedication to locally popular musicians Nhô Belarmino & Nhá Gabriela. Nhô Belarmino & Nhá Gabriela was the stage name of Salvador Graciano and his wife Júlia Alves Graciano. Their most popular composition was "Mocinhas da Cidade" (Ladies of the City), after which this fountain is named. Fonte Mocinhas Da Cidade is set against a building, with magnificent columns dividing it into five sections. The central portion is home to a tiled portrait of Nhô Belarmino & Nhá Gabriela, while the other sections feature lyrics of the eponymous song.
Curitiba is full of wonderful structures and buildings. Torre Panorâmica de Curitiba is one such structure that helps get a better view of most of these buildings, all together! Established in 1991, the tower, whose name literally translates to Panoramic Tower of Curitiba, provides a fantastic, 360 degree view of the city. Towering up to 109.5 meters (359.25 feet), the magnificent structure is a must-visit. Open all week except Mondays, from 10a to 7p, Torre Panorâmica de Curitiba also features a tourist center and a telephone museum.
Ruínas de São Francisco in the neighborhood of São Francisco is a part of Centro Histórico, the historic district of Curitiba. Built in the early 1800s, the ruins are actually parts of the Igreja de São Francisco de Paula that the Portuguese had started but could never complete. It is said that the stones used to finish the construction of the church were used instead to build the Catedral Basílica Menor de Nossa Senhora da Luz, located nearby. The site is now protected by barricades to avoid destruction and vandalism. The site also features a cultural center, which is used for community events and performances.
Nestled in Curitiba's Centro neighborhood, Praca Tiradentes is historically important to the city. Praca Tiradentes is regarded as the heart of Curitiba as this is the point that formed the core of the city, when it was founded in 1693. Legend has it that, the tribal leader of the Tinguis tribe, the original natives of this place, relinquished his authority to the Portuguese king at this square. The Catedral Basílica Menor Nossa Senhora da Luz, established in 1893, is the highlight of this square.
Centro Histórico de Curitiba or historic downtown, also called Setor Histórico de Curitiba, is a group of historic buildings located in the neighborhood of São Francisco. Culturally noteworthy, the area used to be the primary meeting place of the community during the city's formative years. Some of the oldest structures in the city like the Igreja da Ordem, a church built in 1737, and Catedral Basílica Menor Nossa Senhora da Luz, built in late 1600s, contribute to its significance. Centro Histórico has also been home to the famous Sunday fair, Feira do Largo da Ordem since 1973.
The imposing cathedral standing at the bustling Praca Tirandetes, is one of the city's finest architectural legacies. The current structure of the Catedral Basílica Menor Nossa Senhora da Luz was built in 1893, but the church's history dates back to the 17th Century. Built in the Neo-Gothic style, the cathedral's interior features are as impressive as its striking facade. The cathedral was elevated to the status of a basilica in 1993; a century after it was built.
Located on the square, outside Paço da Liberdade, Fonte Maria Lata D'Agua is a concrete statue of a woman carrying a pail of water on her head. Located on the backyard of Paço da Liberdade, this statue was unveiled in 1996. The inspiration for the creation of this statue was drawn from the poem "Água para o Morro", by locally popular poet, Erbo Stenzel. The lines talk about a woman named Maria, who balances her daily chores while struggling to earn her living.
Standing tall in the center of Pedro Gasparello square, in Curitiba's Seminário neighborhood, Fonte de Jerusalem is a beautiful city monument, erected in 1995 commemorating three thousand years of establishment of Jerusalem. Designed by Fernando Canalli and Lys A. Buzzi, Fonte de Jerusalem is a 14.5 meters (47.57 feet) tall red concrete structure, with three bronze angels perched atop it. The angels represent the religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam that co-exist peacefully in Jerusalem.
One of the oldest state parks in Brazil, the Parque Barigui was established in 1972. Spread over a vast space of 140 hectares (346 acres), the park includes the beautiful lake Vista that stretches gloriously across 230 square meters (2476 square feet), painting a splendid panoramic picture. The park also features several hiking trails, a bar and a restaurant, gym, walking and jogging tracks amongst many other things. Open all year, Parque Barigui makes for a fantastic visit no matter what time of the year it is.
Passeio Público is the oldest and most central parks in the city. Located in downtown Curitiba, it is spread over a vast area of about 70 hectares (173 acres). The place includes part of the native forest. One of the most important zoos of the country, the site once included the Zoológico e Museu Botânico that ran between 1965 and 1975. Passeio Público is home to more than a 2300 species of birds and animals. The zoo is known to partner up with many universities and other institutions for research and development.