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  • 1 Igreja São Francisco de Assis Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    The astonishing curves of the Igreja São Francisco de Assis (1943) are to be found south of the Pampulha Lake. Apparently it was the sight of women lying on the beach that inspired its designer, Oscar Niemeyer, which presumably explains why the Churc..

  • 2 Praça Tiradentes Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The Praça Tiradentes, where the head of the martyred independence fighter of the same name was put on display, is an integral part of any visit to the city of Ouro Preto. Lining the large cobbled square are the former Governors Palace (Museu de Ciênc..

  • 3 Igreja São Francisco de Assis Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Largo de Coimbra - Praça de Antônio-Dias

    If you only see one church in Ouro Preto, make it the Igreja São Francisco de Assis, the masterpiece of Antônio Francisco Lisboa (Aleijadinho). Two round bell towers stand atop the church, lending a sense of harmony to the whole which stands as testa..

  • 4 Igreja de N. S. do Pilar Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Praça Monsenhor-Castilho-Barbosa

    You would never guess from the relatively plain façade of the Igreja de N. S. do Pilar (18C) what treasures lie within this church. Chandeliers and balconies covered in gold (several hundred kilos of this precious metal are said to have been needed f..

  • 5 Igreja Matriz de Santo Antônio Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    R. da Câmara

    Aleijadinho's final creation is a masterly work. The Igreja Matriz de Santo Antônio illustrates the Baroque virtuosity of the master (as if we needed reminding!). He designed the façade and the two bell towers which adorn the building. Before going i..

  • 6 São Francisco de Assis Church Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Praça Frei-Orlando

    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..

  • 7 Museu Oscar Niemeyer Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    R. Mar.-Hermes 999

    Oscar Niemeyer himself designed this remarkable museum, which opened in Curitiba in 2002. The prolific architect is most famous for his contribution to the construction of Brasília. He is also responsible for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Niterói..

  • 8 Praia Grande Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Praia Grande is a huge deserted and untamed beach, where surfers come to put their skills to the test. One almost feels like Robinson Crusoe run aground in the middle of this huge beach.

  • 9 Brasília-Encantadas on foot Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    A stopover on an island tends to tempt travellers to do nothing but relax on the beach. But staying on Ilha do Mel without walking between Brasília and Encantadas, via Praia Grande and Praia do Miguel, would be a wasted opportunity. The best option i..

  • 10 Praia dos Náufragos Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    According to history, two ships transporting 250 colonists from the Azores were wrecked on Praia dos Náufragos in 1753. Only 77 of them are said to have survived. This beach is named after their tragic fate, and is one of the island's loveliest, and ..

  • 11 Lagoa da Conceição Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Lagoa da Conceição is a large lake located at the centre of Santa Catarina Island; surrounded by mountains, it lies a stone's throw from the ocean. To explore it, take a boat from Lagoa. At the end of the lake is the little village of Costa da Lagoa,..

  • 12 Praia do Moçambique Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Praia do Moçambique is a deserted beach, 7.5km long, and the largest on the island. The untamed ocean, with its impressive waves, reigns supreme here. There is nothing to spoil the landscape, not a single hotel, restaurant or bar on the horizon: all ..

  • 13 Porto Alegre Mercado Público Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Praça 15-de-Novembro

    Inaugurated in 1869, this market is a real institution. The smells of smoked meat and fish mingle with those of fruit and maté herb. All imaginable types of chimarrão, metal pots with a straw from which maté is drunk, can also be found here. But visi..

  • 14 Salvador Cidade Alta Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The Cidade Alta, or upper town, is Salvador's historical centre. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991, the area has steep cobbled streets, where many gems are hidden away: churches, museums and several hundred colourful 17C and 18C colonial houses..

  • 15 São Francisco de Salvador Church and Convent Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Largo Cruzeiro de S. Francisco

    Wood panelling sculpted with a thousand motifs and heavily gilded... A Baroque profusion decorates the inside of this church, an early 18C masterpiece. The paintings on the ceiling, by José Joaquim da Rocha, as well as the sculpture of St Peter of Al..

  • 16 Pelourinho Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The Largo do Pelourinho is located in a street in Old Salvador. Its name comes from the pelourinho (pillory) that stood here during colonial times, and it was the place where slaves were punished before the masses. Today, this picture-perfect locatio..

  • 17 Igreja and Convento N. S. do Carmo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Largo do Carmo

    The Convent of the Carmelites (17C), laid out around two cloisters, is partially occupied by a luxury hotel. It served as a refuge to Dutch forces during the invasion of 1624, as well as for Portuguese troops during Bahia's wars of independence. You ..

  • 18 Igreja da Ordem Terceira do Carmo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Ladeira-do-Carmo

    The original church was destroyed by a fire in 1788 and has been replaced by this Rococo building (1803). The showpiece of the Igreja da Ordem Terceira do Carmo, is a cedar carving of Christ (1730), inlaid with rubies to represent 2 000 droplets of b..

  • 19 Salvador Museu de Arte Sacra Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    R. do Sodré 276

    Housed in the former convent of Santa Teresa de Ávila (17C), the Museu de Arte Sacra has a substantial collection of 17C and 18C works. All the main names of Bahian colonial art feature: Frei Agostinho da Piedade, José Joaquim da Rocha, and his disci..

  • 20 Boipeba Island Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Ilha Boipeba, more authentic than Morro de São Paulo, is the southernmost island of the Tinharé archipelago. In the rustic little town of Velha Boipeba, a posto telefônico serves as an information office for travellers. On the outskirts of the villag..

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