São João Del Rei e Tiradentes

São João Del Rei is located in a predominately mountainous region, around 186 km from Belo Horizonte, São João is marked by several waterfalls, as the Bride's Veil Waterfall. It is also worth mentioning several churches including the beautiful St. Francis of Assisi Church and Our Lady of Rosary, dated 1774 and 1732, respectively.

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Our Lady of Rosary Church, São João del Rei

The local pewter handicrafts are beautiful. The John Somers Museum of Estanhos (pewter, tin) has utilitarian objects in pewter from Brazil and European countries. In the collection, there are pieces that were collected from two ships that wrecked on the coast of Brazil in the 17th century.

The Memorial Tancredo Neves, located by the bridge of Rosary, is open to visitors on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 9h to 17h. Nine showrooms reconstruct the life of former President Tancredo de Almeida Neves, from his childhood in São Joao del Rei until his death in 1985.

The Railway Museum operates on the premises of Oeste-Minas Railway Station, a typical construction of the 19th century with beautiful iron cover. Inaugurated in 1981, the centenary of the railway, the museum’s collection includes various equipments, mechanical parts, didactic panels and photographs that tell the story of the railroad in the region. It includes also the first locomotive with luxury wagons used by for administration as well as a set of 11 Baldwin steam locomotives, cars and freight cars. The tour in the Maria Fumaça (steam locomotive) to Tiradentes recalls ancient times and reveals the bucolic landscape of the region marked by the Rio das Mortes (River of Deaths).

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São João Del Rei Railway Station
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Maria Fumaça (steam locomotive) , São João Del Rei/Tiradentes

Tiradentes is a small baroque jewel only 8 km from São João Del Rei. It is currently one of the best preserved historical towns in Brazil.
Cobbled streets and walls full of stories of Minas Gerais tell a little bit of how it feels like being in one of the most popular tourist hubs in Brazil.

The various religious monuments - steps, churches, chapels - museums and colonial buildings give charm to the city, which is also known for its wooden handicrafts and furniture production, cachaça stills and various restaurants. The yearly Culture and Food Festival is regarded as one of the largest industry events in Brazil and is part of the Brazilian Circuit of Culture and Cuisine.

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Sight of Tiradentes with Basílica of Saint Anthony in the back.
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Tiradentes’ street at night - (Picture: Francisley Camargo)
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Another sight of Tiradentes

More information about the São João Del Rei’s main attractions are available here. For more information on Tiradentes, visit here.

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