Porto Alegre is the capital of the state of Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil.
On the main square, Marechal Deodoro Square, is the Renaissance-style Metropolitan Cathedral with religious murals on the outside. The Piratini Palace, in neoclassical style, is the seat of the state government.
The 19th-century São Pedro Theater is nearby. The city is known as a gateway to the huge gorges of the Aparados da Serra National Park.
The city has several cultural centers, including Mario Quintana Culture House, in a large old hotel.
The Gasometer Plant is a center of art and culture in a deactivated thermoelectric plant.
South American painting, sculpture and photography are on display at the Rio Grande do Sul Museum of Art. At the Public Market, traders sell food and crafts in an amazing neoclassical pavilion.
The Southeast Botanical Garden includes the Museum of Natural Sciences, with exhibits on plants and animals in the area.
Near the Guaíba River, Beira-Rio Stadium and Grêmio Arena are modern sports halls.
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