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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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
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.
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.
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.