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The Botanical Garden of Curitiba is the major tourist attraction and a landmark of the colorful Brazilian city of Curitiba. Constructed in 1991 the place is an exceptional pairing of rare local plants and stunning architecture.
On entering, one may see extensive gardens in the French style, amidst fountains, waterfalls and lakes. A vast section of the park is a forest area where much wildlife have made their home.
One of the biggest attractions of the garden is however the principal greenhouse which shelters in its interior, specimens of plants characteristic of tropical regions. Although is not impressive through its size, it has a little over 450 square meters, the construction’s art nouveau style catch the eye of any visitor. With its three amazing glass domes supported by a modern metallic structure the greenhouse reminds the mid 19th century Crystal Palace in England.
Next door to the principal greenhouse there is the Botanic Museum, which primarily attracts researchers from around the world wishing to learn more about the native flora. Access to the beautiful wooden building that houses the museum is made with the help of a wooden bridge that crosses a lake full of carp, turtles, teal, herons and dragonflies.
The Botanical Garden of Curitiba is the ideal place to take a break from the fast-paced life in the city.