Things to do in Asunción

History can be pretty amazing; as they say, truth is oft stranger than fiction. History is a part of truth that can have the most unbelievable facts. Every country has an interesting history, but if we talk about cities, not all of them have an amazing past. There are a very few cities and districts in the world that have an intriguing antiquity. Asunción is one state with an exceptionnally fascinating history.

Asunción Paraguay

Asunción is the capital and the largest city in Paraguay. The full name of Asunción is Nuestra Señora Santa María de la Asunción. It is not really a city; it is a metropolitan district. Many different cities are included in this region;, Limpio, Capiatá, Fernando de la Mora, Villa Elisa, Lambaré, Luque, Mariano Roque Alonso, Ñemby, San Lorenzo and San Antonio are the cities incorporated in the district. The population of Asunción is around 2 million. It consists of the country’s main port, cultural centre and national government headquarters. The reason that makes visiting Asunción the first thing to do in Paraguay is that it is one of the oldest cities in all of South America. For this reason it is also called as the mother of all cities. Knowing, about its history and culture is a must among the things to do in Asunción. List of things to do in Paraguay cannot be complete without visiting Asunción, as it holds the most knowledge about Paraguay’s culture, art and archeology. Asunción is a state that proves Paraguays existence and worth in its own way. If you make a list of things to do in Asunción, then it sure is going to be a long one.

Places to visit in Asunción

There are nigh infinite attractions in the state, but if you see the top places to visit in Asunción, The National Pantheon of Heroes should be the first on the list. It is located in downtown, between Palma and Chile streets. It is a national monument of Paraguay. An interesting fact about this monument is that it took almost 70 years to build this place due to the war of triple Alliance. Its architecture is magnificent and articulates the history of Paraguay. Another place to visit in Asunción is the Casa de la Independencia Museum. The museum was inaugurated on May 14th 1965. It is said that there can be no better way to understand the struggle Paraguay went through to gain independence. Manzana de la Rivera is an old city block and holds a cultural significance. It is an area which was reconstructed in 1989 to retain the antique architectural skills of the early natives of Paraguay. Visiting this place is like taking a walk through the history of Paraguay. Paraguay isn’t far behind in sports either; Estadio de los Defensores del Chaco is one of the biggest stadiums in Paraguay, which is located in Asunción. It is a multipurpose stadium with a capacity 50,000 people.


Lopez Presidential Palace

Lopez Presidential Palace


National Cathedral and Catholic University

National Cathedral and Catholic University


National Pantheon of the Heroes

The National Pantheon of the Heroes is a landmark that is located in the capital city of Asuncion in Paraguay. The national monument is of great historical, cultural, and artistic importance. A visit to the National Pantheon is a must for all tourists when visiting the capital city of Paraguay.

The imposing building is situated between Chile and Palma Streets in downtown Asuncion. Construction of the building commenced in 1863 on the order of Francisco Solano, who was the President at the time. Alejandro Ravizza, an Italian architect, was commissioned for the structure’s design, working alongside Giacomo Colombino. However, the building remained largely unfinished for 70 years mostly due to War of the Triple Alliance that started shortly after construction of the building had commenced. It was completed in 1936 after the Chaco Cold War and became a National Pantheon of Heroes by a presidential decree.

The National Pantheon is a national mausoleum where the remains of great Paraguayan heroes are located including Don Carolos Antonio Lopez (1st president of the nation), Mariscal José Félix Estigarribia (touted as hero of the Chaco Cold War), Mariscal Francisco Solano Lópezma, and others. There are lots of things to do in the National Pantheon of the Heroes other than looking at the scenery. You can take notes and learn about important people that shaped history of the country.


Museo de Barro

Museo del Barro is a museum that is situated in the capital city of Asuncion in Paraguay. It is a great place to learn about the culture and history of the local people.

You can find many interesting things to do in Museo del Barro. The museum originally had a small private collection of items that gradually expanded with time. It was established in 1972 as a circulating private collection of prints and drawings of local scenery. A permanent location was established in 1979 to store the growing number of art pieces and artifacts. The museum is divided into three separate divisions including a contemporary art museum, a pottery museum, and an indigenous art museum. A visit to the Museo del Barro is certainly worth it as here you can look at the various artworks and historical items that define culture and reflect history of the local people.

At present, you can find an extensive collection of items inside the museum including pottery, ancient artifacts, indigenous and contemporary art works and many other items. History lovers will be spoilt for choice as they can find many fun things to do in Museo del Barro.