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Manaus

Manaus is the capital city of Amazonas, Brazil. It is one of the most populous cities in the country and it is located in the Northern Brazil. Its foundations were first laid in the 17th century while it grew to a town only in the first half of the 19th century.

The city developed on the place where two large rivers, Selimoes and Negro River merge in order to form the famous Amazon River. During its history, Manaus was also known as the Heart of the Amazon and as the City of the Forest.

It is important to know that Manaus is perhaps the city where the culture of the indigenous people is treasured the most.
Due to its geographical location and the surrounding territory the easiest ways to access the city is by boat or by plane.

Even though people might get the impression that the only attractions of the city are related to natural beauties of the rainforest people have to take into account its diverse inhabitants and their origin which pertains to indigenous people, European settlers and to descents of late slaves of African origin.

Before mentioning all the natural attractions we should mention its cathedral known as Igreja Matriz which was in fact the first church built in the city. It was built in the late 17th century by Carmelite missionaries. Unfortunately, the church was completely destroyed by a fire in the mid 19th century after which was rebuilt. 

The Manaus Theatre building is built in such a way that it combines various styles. This building is of exceptional architectural value and it stands to testify the prosperous period during the rubber boom when the theatre was built.

The Alfandega is the oldest building in the city and a National Historical Heritage. There are several other old building well worth a visit such as the Palacio Rio Negro Cultural Center and the Chamine Art Center.

As already mentioned, Manaus takes care of the indigenous culture and heritage and several excellent museums dedicated precisely to this theme are the proof of it. There is the Indian Museum (Muse do Indio) that exhibits various handcrafts produced by members of Indian tribes from several regions of the Amazon. These items include weapons, ornaments and household utensils. There is also The Northern Man Museum dedicated to the lifestyle of the locals.

Visitors who want to learn more about plant and animal life in the Amazonas can visit the Science Forest (Bosque da Ciencia) and the Botanical Garden named Adolfo Ducke. The Botanical garden offers various services such as an education about the environment, a library and a guided tour. The garden also hosts various related events and hold seminars.

Even though Manaus is located some 900 miles from the ocean it has a beautiful beach located some 8 mils from the city. The beach Ponta Negra is very popular among locals and visitors alike. The beach area provides excellent nightlife as well as leisure activities.

Another special attraction provided by this amazing natural surrounding is the Igapos, the Amazonian vegetation. The tours that go there will take you through the beautiful environment on a canoe or on a board.