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Sao Francisco de Assis Church, Sao Joao Del Rei City, Minas Gerais, Brazil São João del Rei
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It would be a mistake to miss this historical city that boasts beautiful examples of Baroque and colonial architecture. São João del Rei prides itself on having given Brazil two immensely popular personalities: Tiradentes, hero of the Inconfidência movement, and Tancredo Neves, transitory president, who died in 1985. Unlike neighbouring Tiradentes, it managed to avoid a decline when the mines closed by investing in agriculture, livestock-rearing and trade. Elected Brazilian Capital of Culture in 2007, it has several orchestras, a lively cultural scene and decent nightlife.

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Tourist attractions São João del Rei : Things to see and do

  • The imposing Igreja de São Francisco de Assis, with its white-washed walls, stands at the end of an avenue lined with royal palms. A showpiece of Baroque art in Minas Gerais, it was designed by Aleijadinho (1774), although his plans were modified. He..

  • The collections of the Museu Regional de São João del Rei (1859) focus on the furniture and religious art of Minas Gerais in the 18C and 19C. Canopy beds, tables, a sedan chair, oratories and beautifully made statues are displayed in enormous high-ce..

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Hotels São João del Rei

  • Chafariz Palace Hotel

    Av. 31 de Março, 553 BR - São João del Rei MG 36302-016

    Within 3,5 km from São João del Rei historical centre and 1,8 km from its bus terminal, Chafariz Palace offers rooms with free WiFi and free parking. A games area, 24-hour reception and breakfast are available. Rooms provide satellite TV, a wardrobe..

  • Garden Hill Hotel e Golfe

    Rodovia Br 383 Km 96 S/N BR - São João del Rei MG 36302-548

    Boasting a 9-hole golf-course, this eco-resort is 7 km from São João del Rei centre. It features a tennis court, mini-gym and outdoor and heated pools with a hot tub. Table-tennis, foosball and billiards are available in the game-room. The luxurious..

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