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Belém , literally Portuguese for Bethlehem, is a Brazilian municipality, the capital and largest city of the state of Pará in the country's north. It is the gateway to the River Amazon with a busy port, airport, and bus/coach station. Belém lies approximately 100 km upriver from the Atlantic Ocean, on the Pará River, which is part of the greater Amazon River system, separated from the larger part of the Amazon delta by Ilha de Marajó ( Marajo Island). With an estimated population of 1,439,561 people — or 2,249,405, considering its metropolitan area — it is the 11th most populous city in Brazil, as well as the 16th by economic relevance. It is the second largest in the North Region, second only to Manaus, in the state of Amazonas,

Founded in 1616 by the Kingdom of Portugal, Belém was the first European colony on the Amazon but did not become part of Brazil until 1775. The newer part of the city has modern buildings and skyscrapers. The colonial portion retains the charm of tree-filled squares, churches and traditional blue tiles. The city has a rich history and architecture from colonial times. Recently it witnessed a skyscraper boom.

Belém is also known as the Metropolis of the Brazilian Amazon region or the Cidade das Mangueiras (City of Mango Trees) due to the vast number of those trees found in the city. Brazilians often refer to the city as Belém do Pará ("Belém of Pará") rather than just Belém, a reference to an earlier name for the city, Santa Maria de Belém do Grão Pará, and also to differentiate it from a number of other towns called Belém in Brazil. It is named after Santa Maria de Belém in Lisbon, also better known by its shortened name, Belém.

Belém is served by two airports: Val de Cães International Airport, which connects the city with the rest of Brazil and other cities in South America, and Brig. Protásio de Oliveira Airport (formerly called Júlio César Airport) dedicated to general aviation. The city is also home to the Federal University of Pará and the Pará State University.

Belem (disambiguation)

Belém (the Portuguese word for Bethlehem), is the capital city of the Brazilian state of Pará.

Belem or Belém may also refer to:

  • Belem (ship), a three-masted barque from France
  • Belém, Alagoas, a municipality located in the Brazilian state of Alagoas
  • Belém, Paraíba, a municipality located in the Brazilian state of Paraíba
  • Belém Tower (or the Tower of St Vincent), a fortified tower located in the Belém district of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Giesteira (or Bairro de Belém), a neighbourhood of the Portuguese city of Póvoa de Varzim
  • Belém (Lisbon), a parish of Lisbon, Portugal
Belém (Lisbon)

Belém , whose name is derived from the Portuguese word for Bethlehem, is the southwesternmost civil parish of the municipality of Lisbon. Until 2012, the area of Belém had its own historic parish, named Santa Maria de Belém. In 2012, the Administrative Reform of Lisbon resulted in the merging of the latter and the parish of São Francisco Xavier, thus creating the new parish of Belém. Located at the mouth of the River Tagus, it is located west of the city centre and west of Ponte 25 de Abril (25th of April Bridge). Many of Portugal's distinctive buildings and landmarks are located in this area, including the Jerónimos Monastery and the Tower of Belém. The population in 2011 was 16,528, in an area of 10.43 km².

Belém (São Paulo Metro)

Belém is a station on Line 3 (Red) of the São Paulo Metro.

Belém (district of São Paulo)

Belém is one of 96 districts in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. Although administratively part of the Southeast Zone of São Paulo, Belém is located slightly northeast of the historic downtown in the subprefecture of Mooca.

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When I investigated Belem's disappearance I was much disturbed to learn how many other Mechandroids had vanished at the same time.

I assigned to the Mechandroid Belem a problem involving the opening of the Betelgeuse system.

While Mechandroid knowledge and experience goes into a common pool Belem's reactions would be a shade quicker since he had once opened a similar system before, so I asked him.

We studied the records and traced Belem's movements up to the moment of his disappearance.

Obviously Belem had thought it necessary to disappear in order to solve his assigned problem.

It didn't surprise me a great deal to find recording-tapes in Belem's laboratory which described and localized a terrestrial time-axis.

But he did not know that the Mechandroid Belem -- De Kalb -- was spying through my brain.

I felt certain of that, as certain as though -- De Kalb -- Belem had told me in so many words.

I suspect that Belem checked all the possible influential factors, and saw that nekronic matter exists in Andromeda on a planet of a sun ready to become a nova.

For some reason I don't know yet Belem decided the time-axis should be -- " He paused, scowling.

De Kalb must linger somewhere, submerged but waiting, behind the metal eyes of Belem.

Your duplicate, my duplicate, Belem's, the woman's -- they all disintegrated.

He was there -- De Kalb, Belem -- with his cold metal gaze looking out through my eyes and his cold metal thoughts moving through mine.

At Belem's annoyed command, I reopened them and either fell or ran toward the white cone that was the corridor itself extended beyond infinity and in geometric reversal.

They went with us through four transitions and we left them at the fifth when Belem said at last, "Here we'll get out.