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Old June 3rd, 2006, 06:54 AM   #1
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Londrina, Paraná, Brazil

Here are some images of the city of Londrina, located in northern Paraná state, in southern Brazil. With 662.885 inhabitants in its metropolitan area, Londrina is the second largest city in Paraná (after Curitiba and before Maringá). The city was founded in 1929 and named after London (Londrina in Portuguese means little London) because the railroad company that settled northern Paraná was British.

I took the photos in January during my trip to Paraná. I posted a picture thread of Maringá (Paraná’s third largest city) earlier: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=336192

I was in Londrina only one day, so the photos are mainly from the city center as I didn’t have time to explore the rest of the city.

But first, let’s start with some aerials of the city from the airplane:







USA style sprawl in Londrina



The countryside of Paraná:





Airport:



The inter-city bus terminal:







Walking in the city-center:











I found that Londrina’s streets are narrower and less likely to have a median with trees that characterizes the roads of Maringá. I suppose this is due to the fact that Londrina was settled earlier. Overall the city feels more compact than Maringá. Furthermore, this compactness is probably what enabled Londrina to convert a road into an attractive pedestrian boulevard (Avenida Paraná), something which I think is definitely lacking in Maringá:





The “Big Ears” telephone booths:



Londrina has a small museum of modern art:





as well as a history museum, which I planned on visiting but was closed for holidays (they forgot to put this info on their website)



Inside a mall in downtown with Christmas decorations:







Despite the hot summer weather, moving white-bears were on display:



Londrina’s Cathedral is located in the town center:







A small part adjacent to the cathedral:





While most of the architecture in Londrina is modern, there seem to be a few traces left of architecture and design from the first half of the 20th century:







The typical wooden houses (with a tile roofs) characteristic of Paraná’s early settlement period:






Some low-rise buildings:



Caged…..even on the second floor



This one wins the prize of worst building in the city



Now to the high-rises: almost exclusively residential (just like Maringá):













A couple shots of the suburbs taken from the bus:





Hope you enjoyed.
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Old June 3rd, 2006, 03:28 PM   #2
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Very interesting place, thanks for sharing

How did you conceive the idea to visit this place (unkwown to most people) in Brazil?

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Old June 3rd, 2006, 04:01 PM   #3
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guess brazil has as good cities as states
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Old June 3rd, 2006, 04:04 PM   #4
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i just love the mixed architectutre of brazilian cities.
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Old June 4th, 2006, 01:19 AM   #5
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Thanks for the comments !

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Very interesting place, thanks for sharing

How did you conceive the idea to visit this place (unkwown to most people) in Brazil?
I was in Paraná state for 20 days for personal reasons, so I took a day trip to Londrina.

Soon I will post more threads on other places that I visited.
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Old June 4th, 2006, 02:52 AM   #6
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The aerial pics are fabulous!!

Nice thead!

Do u enjoy Brazil?
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Old June 4th, 2006, 06:41 AM   #7
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Looks nice. I like the sprawl.
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Old June 4th, 2006, 11:30 PM   #8
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Quote:
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The aerial pics are fabulous!!

Nice thead!

Do u enjoy Brazil?
Thanx

Of course I enjoyed Brazil very much !
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Old June 5th, 2006, 12:00 AM   #9
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Nice pictures. I wonder why it's named after London?
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Old April 12th, 2007, 06:21 AM   #10
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great aerials!
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Old April 12th, 2007, 08:12 AM   #11
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Nice pictures. I wonder why it's named after London?
The Londrina name is a homage to the English capital London (Londres in Portuguese), since the settlement was originated by the investment of an English cotton company.
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Old April 14th, 2008, 06:26 PM   #12
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Updated photos

An update with photos taken this February:

Avenida Paranà in downtown:

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The theater Ouro Verde:

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Some photos of the area near the former train station:

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The former train station, now housing a museum of the history of Londrina:

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The interior:

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An old map showing the subdivision of Londrina by the Companhia de Terras Norte do Paranà when the city was founded:

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An underground walkway:

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Una vecchia fotografia di Londrina, l'edificio curvo è quello che vedete in fotografia sopra:

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Other shots of Londrina:

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A shopping center outside the city:

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A model showing available lots in a new gated community:

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Parque Arthur Thomas: a small piece of the forest that used to cover northern Paranà preserved in the suburbi of Londrina:

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Let’s go in the jungle :

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That’s all: hope you enjoyed
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Old May 16th, 2009, 06:02 PM   #13
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I don't understand how a wonderful thread like this has ZERO comments. Really your pics are amazing.
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Old May 16th, 2009, 07:43 PM   #14
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I liked the jungle in the last photos!!! Amazing place.
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Old January 7th, 2011, 03:26 AM   #15
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SIMPLESMENTE LINDA !
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Old January 7th, 2011, 12:32 PM   #16
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Londrina its for sure an amazing place
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Old January 7th, 2011, 03:40 PM   #17
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Really, really good thread!
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Old March 9th, 2011, 07:47 AM   #18
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Nice pics!

I lived in Londrina for two years, I still visit the town to meet old friends!

Do you visited the avenue Higienopolis and the surroundings of Igapó Lake?
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Old July 29th, 2011, 04:39 PM   #19
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[QUOTE=urbane;19653500]An update with photos taken this February:

... Man, I've gotta tell you that your pics are amazing!! I'm moving to Londrina within the next couple of weeks, and thanks to your post, now I have a better idea of how the city and its metropolitan area look like.

I definitely appreciate it!!
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Old July 30th, 2011, 03:53 PM   #20
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Really nice pics....thanks for sharing them..
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