Alcântara Things to Do

  • Igreja Matriz de Sao Matias
    Igreja Matriz de Sao Matias
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    Casa de Camara e Cadeia
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    Praca da Matriz

    by mircaskirca Updated Sep 8, 2008

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    The main square, Praca da Matriz, gives you an idea of how grand it must have been in its heyday, surrounded by colonial mansions and century old trees. There you find the ruins of its main church, the old jail and the pelourinho, main icons of the colonial and enslaver Brazilian society.

    In a restored mansion with a fine azulejo frontage is a small museum, Museo Historico e Artistico de Alcantara, which has a good collection of furniture, pottery, arts and prints to give you an idea of what the place was once like. There are also the ruins of Alcantara main church, the impressive Igreja Matriz de Sao Matias, built in the 17th century. Casa de Camara e Cadeia, edification from the end of the 18th century, the old prison, is currently Alcantara's City Hall.

    In the centre of the square is Pelourinho (the Pillory), the designation of a pole in public place where fugitive slaves were punished during the slavery epoch. The Pelourinho in Salvador is the most famous in Brazil, but Alcantara's pelourinho, decorated with the Empire's sign, is one of the best kept in the entire country.

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    A Stroll Around by the Cobblestone Streets

    by mircaskirca Updated Sep 6, 2008

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    Rua Grande and Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo
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    Though I would very much recommend you to stay in Alcantara overnight, it can be also an excellent day trip. All the sights of the town, which seems to be stuck in time, can be visited by foot during a nice walk around by the cobblestone streets.

    The attractions begin as soon as you get off the boat, in the Porto de Jacare, one of the popular meeting points of the locals. Going up on the slope of Ladeira do Jacare and passed by Igreja de Nossa Senhora das Merces, you soon come to the public square Praca da Matriz which is the heart of the city.

    Alcantara is full of old colonial buildings, churches and monuments; unfortunately, many have survived only as ruins. Several sights can be found on Rua Grande. Worth having a look is Casa do Imperador (Emperor's House). This unfinished building started being built to host the Emperor, D. Pedro II, but he never made it to Alcantara. Another important building is Casa do Divino (Divine's House), where some of the Divino Espirito Santo celebrations take place. Some of the decorations used in the celebration, are stored in the various rooms of the house. And finally, there is also Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo.

    I love the small-town spirit of Alcantara. It's a nice place to simply wander around as each corner brings another picturesque view. After the stroll you can sample some of the local culinary delights in one of the town's little restaurants.

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    THE HIDDEN ISLAND

    by marcbrazil Written Oct 10, 2007

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    This is me close to the Pelourinho

    The Capital São Luis is the main point to explore the State of Maranhão, but travellers which comes here are the ones interested to visit the famous sand dunes desert of Lençois Maranhenses, even though, this is not a popular destination in Brazil.

    In other words, Maranhão is not known among travellers and not as poplar among brazilian tourists.

    So I wonder that the ISLAND OF ALCANTARA is also one of the hidden surprises that my Land has to offer!

    The island has more than 30 beaches, mangroves and Amazon Rain Forest likes many igarapés (flooded forests) and in every corner you can find these beauties close to the main square PELOURINHO

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