The Cathedral of Nossa Senhora de Rosario (1719) , is on Praca Emb.Gastao da Cunha.
Like other churches with the same name it was built by and for the black slaves.
Also visit the Cathedral de NS de Pilar with its fine azuelos and impressive gold altars.
Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo was also designed by Aleijadinho in a baroque style.. It started in 1733 and was finished in 1879. There is an unfinished sculpture of Christ in the second sacristy. It's the only church with octagonal towers.
This impressive baroque church was built in 1774 and is the most important church in the city. It is located on the west side, on Praça Frei Orlando. It was the first complete work of Aleijandinho who designed and sculptured it. Eduardo Magalhães also worked on it. On the arch of the main door is the image of Jesus formed by angel's heads. In the backyard of the church the former President of Brazil Tancredo Neves is burried.
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The city is famous for its pewter and tin artisans who are found mainly in the historical center. They make tea and coffee sets, candle holders and vases and other tableware and utensils. Pewter, when new looks like silver and is very beautiful.
For a better understanding visit the factory John Sommers and the Tin Museum.
Local artisans are also good at curving wood making beautiful ceramics.
A well-known firm having shops in the area is “Imperial Pewter”. Rua da Prata 132A Tel:(32) 3372-1465
and Praca Embaixador Gastao Cunha, 85 (32) 3372-3519
In the photo it is the reflection of the square Emb.Gastao da Cunha on a pewter jug. On the right you can see the church of Rosario and on the left you can see me taking the photo.
São João del Rey was an important stop on the Estrada de Ferro Oeste de Minas, the West Railway of Minas, the history of which is well presented in the very interesting Museum, Museo Ferroviario, in the train station. In the museum the first steam powered "Maria Fumaça" is exposed. The”old lady” is standing proudly reminding glorious days of the past... It was inaugurated by Emperor Don Pedro II in 1881. If you happen to see people passing by dressed in old times clothes...don't worry, you haven't been transported in time...it's just a photographer's trick who dresses tourists up and take their pictures. Old Photos tell the history of locomotion and antique items support it, such as old time telephone sets and tools.
The journey takes about an hour. It passes through the verdant country side and ends up in Tiradentes.
The train runs on Fridays, weekends and holidays at 10:00 and 15:00
It costs 18R one way, 30R$ for a return trip
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The Historical Center has lost a great part of its colonial beauty due to industrialisation but it still preserves some nice colonial houses, two old mansions, many churches and two stone bridges, all of historical and architectural value.
River Lenheiro runs through the center.
Besides the churches, the Regional Museum is very interesting which is very near Nossa Senhora de Rosario and also the Museum of Sacred Art (Museu de de ArteSanta) .
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A estacao da maria fumaca de Sao Joao del Rey alem de ter uma arquitetura interessante, possui um museu sobre a historica da cidade e do ciclo da mineracao em geral
The Maria Fumaca Starion in Sao Joao Del REy impresses by it´s archiitecture, and it also has a museum inside it, in the museum you can find information on the city and also on the mining and gold cilcle in Brazil in general
There are several 1700's churches in São João del Rei. For those interested in historic buildings, these might be interesting:
São Francisco de Assis (1774)
Praça Frei Orlando, tel (32) 3372-3110
Catedral Nossa Senhora do Pilar (1721)
Rua Getulio Vargas, tel (32) 3371-2568
This is the church in the background of the photograph on my intro. page for this city.
Nossa Senhora do Carmo (1732)
Lg. do Carmo, tel (32) 3371-4805
Nossa Senhora do Rosario (1719)
Praça Emb. Gastão da Cunha, no telephone listed.
See my intro page for a complete description, as well as the travelogue. The little railroad is well known, and has some very beautiful little locomotives.