Bosque do Papa João Paulo II

Bosque do Papa Joao Paulo II

A blessed place where nature and tradition are part of scenic beauty and in harmony, the Bosque Joao Paulo II, inaugurated in December 1980 was immortalized by the Popes visit to Curitiba in June 1980.  In the park, there was a  special house built for him in the traditional Polish style at the Estadio Couto Pereira.  The house was then presented to the city as a beautiful tribute to the Polish community in Curitiba.  The park has a great deal of Polish history, and includes the Polish Immigration Memorial.

Inside the park is a trail that winds through the forest and along the trail are seven typical Polish houses in the form of a village.  These houses were built at the beginning of the Polish colonization in Curitiba, around 1878.  The homes were moved to the park and reassembled in the woods to create a memorial to the Polish immigrants.  The houses, made of embedded pine logs, represent the history and the culture of the immigrants.  The first house is actually the one dedicated to the Pope and was not an original immigrant house.  This house had a chapel installed in honor of the Black Virgin of Czestchowa, patron saint of Poland.  In the other houses, you can see the historic furniture and tools from the first immigration period, circa 1871.   Many of the typical tools, including the barrels used for sour cabbage production, the grain shakers and stone grinders are present within the homes on display.  Further along the trail there is a sculpture of Pope John Paul II and a monument to Nicolaus Copernicus.


The park also has an area where there are many crafts on sale, such as the famous pysanky, or hand-painted eggs in enclosures that are used to greet Easter.   The Polish community has many festivals throughout the year, and during these festivals plenty of traditional music and folklore are presented to the crowds.   There are celebrations for the Swiconka, or the Blessing of Food at Easter time in July, and another celebration to honor the Pope's visit in August, the party of the patron saint of Czestochowa, the pontificate of John Paul II in October, and St. Nicholas Day that starts the Christmas celebration.  On these occasions it's possible to experience the delicious foods the Polish cook, including pirogues (pastry stuffed with cheese) and the delicious sweets and cakes of the Polish cuisine.

The project's landscape architect Burle Marx, who personally oversaw the cleanup of the Bosque, made it a priority to preserve the native forest, by planting new seedlings of pine (Araucaria angustifolia).   The seedling are now all fully matured throughout the 48,000 square meters of the park.

The "Pope's Wood," as it is known in Curitiba, offers a journey into the heart and history of the Polish people, gratitude and a tribute to the city's Polish immigrants.

The Oscar Niemeyer Museum is right beside the park, and offers one of the largest exhibition complexes in Brazil.


Daily from 6am to 8pm;

Polish Memorial is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9am to 6:30pm

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Activities near to Bosque do Papa João Paulo II

Memorial da Imigração Polonesa (museum) - Located in the Bosque do Papa João Paulo II, a green area of 46,000 square meters, in the city center, the Polish Memorial is an outdoor museum. There are seven log houses built with the wood of local pine trees, typical of the materials that Polish immigrants used. The houses contain many items that the Polish used or built for their daily lives. Including furniture, and household items such as the sour cabbage barrel, where ...
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Restaurants near to Bosque do Papa João Paulo II

Menina dos Olhos - Centro Cívico is a Brazilian restaurant that is roughly 0.00km from Bosque do Papa João Paulo II and can be found at Rua Manuel Eufrásio, 1550

The big attraction is home to exotic caipirinha that comes with a popsicle dipped fruit. The most requested is the passion fruit. In a rustic and warm, the Girl Eye serves snacks prepared in the wood stove as the filet mignon with mushrooms on the plate and carne-de-oz. The sandwiches are also hit with customers since 2004, when the house

Muqifo is a Appetizers restaurant that is roughly 0.00km from Bosque do Papa João Paulo II and can be found at Rua Mateus Leme, 1736

At lunchtime the menu is set with dishes of the day. Already night snacks are the stars and accompanying beers and caipirinhas to pack the night. Among the highlights is a Muqifo miniespetinho chicken with bacon, muq-called chicken-bacon.

Sorella - Marechal Hermes is a Vegetarian restaurant that is roughly 0.00km from Bosque do Papa João Paulo II and can be found at Rua Marechal Hermes, 728

The restaurant chain currently has three offices in Curitiba and was inaugurated in 1989 to serve the public seeking light and healthy meals with vegetarian recipes. The Sorella serves at a buffet with a choice of salads, whole grains and legumes.

Basset is a Appetizers restaurant that is roughly 0.00km from Bosque do Papa João Paulo II and can be found at Rua Marechal Hermes, 1024

Opened in 1996, the Basset serves various flavors of fruit caipirinhas to accompany snacks and sandwiches as prepared with chicken breast, onion, garlic, provolone cheese and parsley on French bread. Among the appetizers, are successful steak sour, strips of beef seasoned with lemon and lots of breaded tilapia.

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