Palmas, youngest Brazilian capital, celebrates 30th anniversary

Published on : Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The youngest Brazilian capital, Palmas turned 30 yesterday (May 20). Inaugurated on May 20, 1989 and installed on January 1, 1990, Palmas is embedded in the exuberant landscape of the Cerrado


The planned city is endowed with ample landscaped avenues and urban division characterized by large commercial and residential blocks.


The scenic beauty of Palmas counts on urban parks, squares and green areas, as well as the beaches and islands of Lake Palmas, formed by a hydroelectric that runs the Tocantins River.


Among the five beaches, Graciosa is the most frequented with leisure options and walks along the lake, including the Island of Canela and water sports. The site also offers night-time attractions and is a sunset observation point on the 8km bridge that crosses the lake.


The Sunflower Square, in the central region of the capital of Tocantins, is one of the largest in the world with 571 thousand square meters. It houses the headquarters of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of Tocantins.


In the surroundings of the Araguaia Palace (headquarters of the executive branch) there are several monuments and works of art that honor the people and history of Tocantins, such as the Monument to the Pioneers, the Clock of the Sun, the Monument to the Eighteen of the Fort, to the Bible, the Prestes Column Memorial Museum, the Cruzeiro (where the first mass was celebrated), the Geodesic Center of Brazil (Rosa dos Ventos), the Map of Tocantins, the Cascade and the Luminous Fountain.


Amongst the parks of Palmas, Cesamar is the main green area with options of leisure, sports, lake and biological reserve in the middle of the typical cerrado forest.


The Indigenous Peoples Park is a legacy of the 1st edition of the Indigenous World Games, held in the city in 2015, and has several sports and cultural equipment. The site hosts major tourist flow events, such as the Arraiá da Capital and the gospel party Palmas Capital da Fé.  On one of the roundabouts of Palmas is the Flower Clock, next to the Orquidário.


Covered fairs are the face of the city’s popular culture. The 304 South Fair is the oldest and traditional, with ample food space and one of the places most sought after by visitors.


The Cultural Space of Palmas concentrates several attractions, where the visitor can check the Integrated Center of Culture and Art, Grande Praça, Theatro Fernanda Montenegro, Cine Cultura, Jaime Câmara Library and the Municipal Gallery of Arts. All this is housed in a large metal roof of approximately 6,000 m².


The Palmas Convention Center also hosts tourist and cultural events, as well as fairs, exhibitions and congresses.


The rural area 32 km from Palmas brings together natural attractions such as waterfalls and rapids; gastronomic, with restaurants that prioritize ingredients of regional cuisine; handicrafts typical of the cerrado, like golden and indigenous grass.


The district is also a refuge for those who want to enjoy the serrano climate in Palmas. In September, visitors participate in the Gastronomic Festival of Taquaruçu, an event filled with food, music and folk art.

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