On the first street in Belém, Siqueira Mendes, the Casa das 11 Janelas (House of 11 Windows) stands. It was built in the 18th century as a residence for a sugar baron. The neoclassical building also served as a military hospital from 1768 for the government of Grão-Pará (present day Belém). From 1870 and onwards, the house was used solely by the military, up until 2001 when it was bought by the government as a future location for tourism. Currently, it holds various classical and modern art exhibitions as well as a photography exhibit upstairs. While there, don’t miss a chance to eat at one of Belém’s best restaurants, Boteco das Onze, which is inside the House.
As Fodor’s says…
“Take a walk through the courtyard and imagine scenes of the past. This is where the aristocracy took tea and watched over the docks as slaves unloaded ships from Europe and filled them with sugar and rum.”
It can be found right on the bay where the Frei Caetano Brandão Plaza sits in the Cidade Velha (Old Town). Entrance is around US$1 although it’s free on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays (I’ll have to get confirmation).