Asuncion. The main sights of Paraguay.

Asunción sights.

Nueva Italia Silvio Petrossi International Airport Independence House Cultural Center Manzana de la Riviera National University of Asunción Ignacio Pane Municipal Theater National Pantheon of Heroes Incarnation Church Stadium Defensores del Chaco

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Nueva Italia

Nueva Italia (photo).

The small town of Nueva Italia is located in the Central Department of Paraguay, just 47 kilometers southeast of Asuncion.

The origins of the town go back to World War I, when Italian immigrants fleeing the war and its attendant horrors arrived in Paraguay. During those years the South American country suffered the harsh consequences of the recently ended Paraguayan War (1864-1870). During that war about 90 percent of the adult male labor force died. And the shortage of strong working hands hit the country’s economy hard. Those laborers were the many Italians.

Over the years in Paraguay, they banded together in communities and even founded their own town near the capital. They called it Nueva Italia, and until today it remains the largest Italian enclave in the country. It does not have such wide popularity as its Mexican twin, but the inhabitants of Paraguay’s Nueva Italia are quite content and do not seek to attract more attention.

Coordinates : -25.61150000,-57.46521700

Silvio Pettrossi International Airport

Silvio Petrossi International Airport (photo)

Silvio Petrossi International Airport is a major South American transportation hub located in Luque, a suburb of Asunción, the capital of Paraguay. The airport was formerly named after the former president of Paraguay, Alfredo Stressner Mathiaud, a statesman and military leader who ruled the country from 1954 to 1989. The airport has an international classification IATA and ICAO.

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ASU is a three-letter unique identifier assigned to the airport by the International Air Transport Association, allowing it to identify and send luggage to Silvio Pettirossi International Airport and no other. SGAS indicates that the airport is mainly involved in international passenger and baggage transportation.

At the same time, Silvio Pettirossi International Airport serves as the headquarters/home airport for the major airline Transportes A reos del Mercosur S.A., formerly known as Mercosur TAM and Lineas Aereas Paraguayas.

Currently, Silvio Pettirossi International Airport only hosts international scheduled and charter flights. Unfortunately, direct flights between Europe and North America are scarce. Passengers from these destinations are forced to fly to Buenos Aires or Sao Paulo and take connecting flights there. Domestic connections are represented by the only flight operated by Regional Paraguaya Lineas Aereas.

Coordinates: -25.23972700,-57.51910700

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Independence House

Independence House (photo)

The Independence House is the oldest building in Asunción, where Paraguay’s independence from Spain was proclaimed on the night of May 14, 1811. The mansion, built in colonial style at the end of the 18th century, is not only a symbol of freedom, but also represents an invaluable cultural heritage.

The house was built in 1772 by the Spaniard Antonio Martínez Sáenz and his wife, the Paraguayan Petrona Caballero. The building had the traditional appearance of the time: whitewashed adobe walls and a tile roof. The house and land were inherited by the Martínez children and became a secret meeting place for the revolutionaries who orchestrated the fall of the Spanish government.

The house was restored and opened as a museum on May 14, 1965, for the 150th anniversary of Paraguay’s independence. It contains exhibits from Paraguay’s colonial period: historical documents, weapons, furniture, wooden and bronze accessories, paintings depicting key moments in the struggle for independence, items of clothing, religious objects and photographs.

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The museum is open to visitors Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Other days off: January 1, May 1, Easter, December 24th, 25th and 31st.

Coordinates: -25.28047500,-57.63626200

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Manzana de la Riviera Cultural Center

Manzana de la Riviera Cultural Center (photo)

The Manzana de la Riviera Cultural Center is considered one of the symbols of Paraguay. It is a complex of nine historic buildings from the eighteenth to nineteenth centuries, housing a historical museum, library, exhibition spaces, cafés, administrative buildings, a garden and a courtyard. The historical exhibits for the cultural center were collected from various sources, both within Paraguay and in New York, Madrid, Paris, Buenos Aires and Montevideo.

Casa Viola is one of the oldest buildings in the complex, now a historical museum. It is a typical colonial building from 1750-1758: a gabled tile roof, wooden beams and columns, and a long corridor typical of Paraguayan houses. Since its restoration and opening in 1991, the building has been used for art exhibitions, and in 1996 it was transformed into the city’s historical museum.

The Manzana de la Riviera Cultural Center hosts all kinds of events: dance and theater performances, musical and literary evenings, various presentations, seminars, workshops and courses. The area of the center, adjacent to the Gulf of Asunción, is a park area with a promenade and a beautiful place for strolls.

Coordinates: -25.27811500,-57.63780700

National University of Asunción

National University of Asunción (photo)

Founded in 1889, the Universidad Nacional de Asunción is one of Latin America’s finest institutions of higher learning. Felix Paiva (lawyer, journalist and politician of Paraguay, interim president of the republic in 1921 and 1937-1939), Oscar Nicanor Duarte Frutos (president of Paraguay in 2003-2008) and Luis Federico Franco Gomez (Paraguayan politician, president of Paraguay since 2012) graduated from its walls.

In its early stages, the university operated only a few faculties: law, medicine and mathematics, the clerks’ school, pharmacy and midwifery. It has 12 faculties, offering students a full range of educational opportunities, several research institutes, science and technology centers, and a graduate school. The academic community consists of 40,000 students and 6,200 faculty members.

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In recent years, the National University has intensified its outreach activities with activities aimed at spreading scientific knowledge in the community.

Coordinates : -25.33487200,-57.51778700

Ignacio Pana Municipal Theater

Ignacio Pane Municipal Theater (photo)

The Ignacio Pané Municipal Theater, located in the historic center of Paraguay’s capital, a few blocks from the Government Building and the Pantheon of Heroes, is a major cultural center of Asunción. It opened on November 4, 1855.

The history of the Asunción Municipal Theatre begins when the National Congress building, built in 1843, changes its administrative purpose. In 1853, the teacher Francisco Sauvaheot de Dupuy received permission to teach music within its walls, and two years later, the building was transformed into the Teatro Nacional. The grand opening took place on November 4, 1855. The program included a comic opera in two acts with a musical intermission. Since then, the Ignacio Pane Municipal Theater has been the largest cultural center in Asunción.

During the first half of the twentieth century there was no cultural object that surpassed the fame and popularity of the Municipal Theatre. And in the 40s and 60s, the National Theater gathered the leading representatives of the arts of Paraguay and became known to all as the Ignacio Pane Municipal Theater.

The theater is located in the historic center of the capital of Paraguay, a few blocks from the Government building and the Pantheon of Heroes. It regularly hosts performances of children’s and classical productions. The theater’s stage often hosts visiting troupes as well. You can also visit the theater for clubs and a theater café.

Coordinates: -25.28103700,-57.63479500

National Pantheon of Heroes

National Pantheon of Heroes (photo)

The National Pantheon of Heroes is an architectural gem, a cultural heritage site and a symbol of Paraguay’s heroic history. It is a memorial to those who fell in the bloody wars of independence.

Here are buried the heroes of Paraguayan history: Don Carlos Antonio López (the first president of Paraguay) and his son, Marshal Francisco Solano López, Marshal José Felix Estigarri-bia (hero and winner of the Chaco War) and his wife, unknown soldiers and other heroes of the country. The National Pantheon of Heroes is a memorable and especially revered place for Paraguayans. At the entrance to the Pantheon stand two figures of bronze soldiers, inside there is a sarcophagus covered by the national flag, and on the walls are inscribed the names of Paraguayans and Russian officers who died in the war in the Chaco War.

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Located in the center of Asunción in the central Plaza de Los Heroes, Paraguay’s national monument is a must-see for all tourists and foreign delegations. Every Saturday there is a changing of the guard of honor. The paraguayan guardsmen’s dress uniforms, brass band, and the ceremonial stride of the guards are an eye-catching sight for tourists.

Coordinates: -25.28224500,-57.63517300

Church of the Incarnation

Church of the Incarnation (photo)

The capital of Paraguay, Asunción, which is the cultural, political and economic center of the country, is famous for its monasteries and temples. Among these is the Church of the Incarnation, whose construction began in 1893. The site was chosen as one of the highest hills in Asunción.

The church is one of the most visited historical sites in the city because of its ornate facade and beautiful interior decoration. The details of the temple’s decoration cannot be attributed to a particular style of architecture – its façade, towers, bell towers and side galleries are extraordinary in terms of art.

The Church of the Incarnation was declared a National Historic Landmark of Paraguay in 1992.

Coordinates: -25.28424400,-57.63875800

Stadium Defensores del Chaco

Defensores del Chaco Stadium (photo)

The famous Defensores del Chaco Stadium is a huge sports complex, and is the nation’s national stadium. All major matches of the Paraguayan national soccer team are played in this stadium.

The stadium was completed in 1917 and was originally named Puerto Sahonia. During the Chaca War, which lasted from 1932 to 1935, the stadium was a gathering place and was also the site of the conscription of new recruits into the army. In honor of those soldiers who defended the honor of the Chaco area, the stadium was renamed Defensores del Chaco.

Many international tournament finals took place in the stadium. The city’s Olympia team has won many times in this sports arena. The Paraguayan team also took first place in the final match for the America’s Cup in this stadium.

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After three renovations, “Defensores del Chaco” can accommodate about 65,000 spectators. In addition to sporting events, there are many concerts and shows.

Coordinates: -25.29225600,-57.65739100

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