São João del Rei Travel Guide

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    Bridge of Cadeia
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São João del Rei Things to Do

  • Cathedral and Nossa Senhora de Rosario

    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.

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  • Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo

    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.

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  • Igreja São Francisco de Assis

    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...

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  • pewter and tin

    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...

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  • West Railway - Maria Fumaça

    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...

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  • The Historical Center

    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...

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  • Estacao da Maria Fumaca - MAria Fumaca...

    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...

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  • Historic Churches of São João del Rei

    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) 3372-3110Catedral Nossa Senhora do Pilar (1721)Rua Getulio Vargas, tel (32) 3371-2568This is the church in the background of the photograph on my intro. page for this...

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  • Sao Joao del Rei by Narrow Gauge

    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.

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São João del Rei Restaurants

  • Pelourinho Restaurante

    Pelourinho Restaurante is also next to the Station and on the bank of the river. It is a self service restaurant with rich buffets, with typical local dishes of meat, fish, beans, vegetables and desserts.. It also serves A la Carte. It is open daily from 10:00 until 15:00.

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  • Restaurante Chafariz

    Restaurante Chafariz is a self service restaurant with barbecue, with a variety of delicious local dishes in its buffet. You pay by the kilo.It is behind the Railway Station on Rua Quintino Bocaiuva, 100.

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  • Restaurante Pantanal

    Restaurante Pantanal is on a very beautiful street with colonial houses. On the right end of the street is Nossa Senhora De Carmo and on the left is Nossa Senhora de Rosario and in the middle is the Cathedral. It is on the second floor and has two small balconies with view to the three churches outside . It has simple, local food with a homely...

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São João del Rei Nightlife

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    by dargains Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Uma boate legalzinha, tem um espaco fechado com pista de danca e um espaco ao ar livre aonde geralmente rolam shows, ate o carnaval de 2004 era a unica boate da cidade

    A nice cool club, with two separeted enviroments, one, closed, with a dance floor and other a big open space where they generally have live music, until Carnival 2004 this was the only night club in town

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São João del Rei Transportation

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    by elsadran Updated Apr 1, 2009

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    There is a daily flight from Belo Horizonte at 14:20 (95R$=41US$) and one from Rio at 12:30 (119R$=52US$)
    It is well connected to the neighbouring towns by bus as well as to big cities, Rio and São Paulo. You can arrive here from Belo Horizonte by bus – 37R(16US$) - 3,5 hours.
    [ From Rio to Belo Horizonte takes about 6.5 hours and costs 70/98R ( 30/43US$) for a standard/executivo bus.]
    Maria Fumaça connects it with Tiradentes in 50 minutes. It costs 18R one way and 30 for a return ticket.

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São João del Rei Shopping

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    by glabah Updated Oct 28, 2003

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    I didn't have time to go to any of the shops, but one of the Brazilians recommended to me the artist John Somers, at Av. Leite de Castro, 1150, telephone 3371-8000. Apparently, on certain weekdays it is possible to visit the production area as well as a museum of tin production.

    I understand that there are also some good stores for buying a number of articles on Avenida 31 de Março.

    I purchased my articles in the hotel, where there was a small shop. This is probably not the most economical way to go, but even so, the articles were only R$5 each.

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São João del Rei Favorites

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    by cachaseiro Written Jul 5, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Tancredo Neves was born in Sao Joao del Rei and was a very popular brazilian politician who was active against the military regime that ruled Brazil for many years.
    When the military rule finally came to an end in 1985 Tancredo Neves was elected president of Brazil but never got to serve as president as he got sick the night before his inaguration and died shortly after.
    He is still rememberd all over Brazil though and in particular in his hometown where they have a memorial for him and also this nice little statue of him where you can sit next to the famous guy.

    Me and Tancredo Neves.

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