Curitiba, the main sights

August 5, 2010 | By More

This a blog post where we want to introduce what we consider to be the unmissable Curitiba sights. You will find all the general Curitiba information at our reference card destination: Curitiba.

All the prices and schedules quoted on this entry are subject to modification and we advice you to double-check them once you get to Curitiba.

Curitiba’s Linha Turismo (tourist bus) visits all the sights mentioned on the this post. We gave details of how the bus operates at Linha Turismo, Curitiba’s hop-on hop-off bus.

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Museu Niemeyer (Niemeyer Museum)

Museu Niemeyer, CuritibaMuseu Niemeyer, Curitiba

The giant eye that dominates the location of the Museu Niemeyer has become one of the best known images of Curitiba. The architecture of the museum, also known as MON, fascinates the visitor from the moment they set eye on it. The MON’s permanent collection includes a wide selection of photos, models and drafts of Niemeyer’s projects as well as an open-air garden of sculptures. The museum hosts important temporary exhibitions too.

MON opens from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00. Entrance costs R$4. More information at the museum’s web site.

The museum is located in the Centro Cívico neighbourhood, north of Curitiba’s city centre. It’s a 30 minute walk from there or you can catch a bus that will take you to the museum in five minutes. The Linha Turismo has a stop at the museum.
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Ópera de Arame (Wire Opera)

Ópera de Arame, CuritibaÓpera de Arame, Curitiba

The Ópera de Arame is a theatre built in the location of a former quarry. A complex structure of tubes and transparent boards was used to build the theatre, granting it its name of Wire Opera. Round in shape, it was built by the side of an artificial lake. To reach the building you need to cross the lake using an elevated footbridge.

The Ópera de Arame opens from Tuesday to Sunday from 8:00 til 21:00. Entrance is free. There is a snack bar at the theatre. The Linha Turismo has a stop at the Ópera de Arame.
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Memorial Ucraniano (Parque Tingüi) (Ukranian Memorial)

Memorial Ucraniano, CuritibaMemorial Ucraniano, Curitiba

The Memorial Ucraniano (Ukrainian Memorial), locate inside the Parque Tingüi, is an splendid sample of the legacy of the European imigration in Curitiba. It opened in 1995 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of Ukranian imigrants in Curitiba. The most beautiful building in the memorial is a replica of the church of São Miguel Arcanjo, built in the traditional Byzantine style. Inside the church there is a permanent exhibition that includes some truly beautiful traditional pessankas (hand-painted eggs).

It opens daily from 8:00 till 18:00. Entrance is free. The Linha Turismo has a stop at the Memorial Ucraniano.
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Torre Panorâmica (Panoramic Tower)

Torre Panorâmica, CuritibaTorre Panorâmica, Curitiba

The Torre Panorâmica (panoramic tower), also known as the Torre da Telepar, has a viewpoint at the top of the tower from where a fantastic 360-degree view of Curitiba can be seen.

The tower opens from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 till 19:00. The ticket to go up the top of the tower costs R$6. The Linha Turismo has a stop at the Torre Panorâmica.

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Jardim Botânico (Botanic Gardens)

Jardim Botânico, CuritibaJardim Botânico, Curitiba

Curitiba’s Botanic Gardens are another icon for the city. It opened in 1991 and its beautiful palm house, in Art Nouveau style, is its most outstanding image. As well as the greenhouse, there are French-style gardens, several paths where you can walk and a sensory garden.

The Botanic Gardens open daily from 6:00 till 21:00 during summertime and from 6:00 till 20:00 during the rest of the year. The Linha Turismo has a stop at the museum.

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