To get a feel for everyday life in Belém, visit the main cultural monuments of the city, including the Da Paz Theater, considered one of the prettiest in Brazil. It is built in Neoclassical style and was opened in 1878. You will also see the Museum of Sacred Arts, formed by the architectural ensemble of the Church of Saint Alexander and the Episcopal Palace. It houses fantastic works of religious art. The São José Liberto former jail is now a handicraft market, and the Jeweler Polo Gems Museum displays more than 4,000 pieces with diamonds, quartz, crystals, and amethysts.
The Mangal das Garças is a large open space built at the edge of the Guamá River. It is used by the local people for birdwatching. Species that can be seen here include red ibis and herons that fly around the park. During the walk through the park you can visit a ceramic fair and a Borboletário (butterfly aviary).