With a history dating back to the 1722, Catedral Metropolitana Basílica do Senhor Bom Jesus is one of the oldest places of worship in the city. The current church building was constructed in 1973 in an effort to revitalize ancient structure. Though none of the original structure from the 18th Century exists today, the church building, is nonetheless, a magnificent edifice sporting breathtaking architectural detail.
This lush patch of green offers a welcome respite from the urban bustle of the city. Located north of the city center, Parque Mãe Bonifácia is a popular meeting point for locals. From joggers and bikers going about their daily routine in the mornings to families with kids in the evenings, the park sees a constant bustle throughout the day. Walking trails and a lush forested area make the park ideal for nature enthusiasts as well. Besides recreation, the park is also host to numerous cultural and community events throughout the year.
Established in 1942, Cine Teatro Cuiaba is one of the oldest entertainment venues in Cuiabá. It was pivotal in the development of artistic expression in the city. Cine Teatro used to broadcast movies and theatrical acts, and had become a cultural and social meeting point. It was left in a state of disrepair for more than ten years, after which, it underwent major renovations and reopened to the audience in 2009. Visit Cine Teatro Cuiaba to enjoy a play, concert, dance or cinema.
Built in the 18th Century, Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosário e São Benedito is one of the oldest churches in the city. The regal church building features early colonial architecture, rarely seen on other historic structures in the city. Though the building has undergone numerous renovations and changes over the years, the stellar historical elements inside have been well preserved. The church is host to Festa de Sao Benedito, one of the city's most important religious events.
At Museu de Arte Sacra de Mato Grosso, one finds some beautiful expressions of religious motifs that provide insight into the culture of Cuiabá. The religious theme is established even before you set foot inside the museum; the walls surrounding the impressive Baroque structure are adorned with murals depicting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and various other sacred subjects. Established in 1980, Museu de Arte Sacra de Mato Grosso is centrally-located in Cuiabá.
Located in Cidade Alta, Arena Pantanal is built on the site of the former Estádio Governador José Fragelli. One of the host stadiums for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, it boasts cutting-edge infrastructure and a seating capacity for over 42,000 spectators, making it one of the largest in the country. Sustainable resources have been used in its construction that is inspired by the verdant Pantanal region. In addition to football matches, this arena is also the venue for events like exhibitions, trade fairs and concerts.
This historical structure, in Cuiaba's Bandeirantes neighborhood, is regarded as pivotal in safeguarding the city's cultural heritage. Featuring a light yellow facade, Centro Cultural Casa Cuiabana is a building, that was constructed during the Colonial period using mud and stone. Cultural events held here follow different themes like religion, customs, traditions, festivals and food habits of Cuiaba's population. Workshops conducted, give visitors a better understanding of Cuiaba.
Nestled in the southern frontiers of the state of Mato Grosso, the Chapada dos Guimarães National Park is widely known for its serene waterfalls and breathtaking geological formations, making this a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. The park was established in the year 1910 on the orders of Colonel Pedro Celestino Correa da Costa, the then president of Mato Grosso who wished to conserve the region's precious forest cover and the rivers of Cuiaba, Coxipo-acu, Manso. Its lands cover nearly 32,630 hectares (80,600 acres) of pristine wilderness that sustain a plethora of fauna such as the highly-endangered giant armadillo, pampas deer, seriema and the howler monkey.