Top 10 Things to do in Sao Joao del Rei, Brazil

December 4, 2017 Jasper Kershner

Discover the best top things to do in Sao Joao del Rei, Brazil including Nossa Senhora do Pilar Cathedral, Igreja de Sao Francisco de Assis, Nossa Senhora do Carmo Church, Sao Joao Del Rei Historic Center, Memorial Tancredo Neves, Church of Nossa Senhora das Merces, Railway Museum, Church of Nossa Senhora do Rosario, Museu Regional de Sao Joao del-Rei, Ponte Do Rosario.
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1. Nossa Senhora do Pilar Cathedral

Rua Monsenhor Gustavo 61, Sao Joao del Rei, State of Minas Gerais 36300-140, Brazil +55 32 3371 2568
Excellent
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4.5 based on 462 reviews

Nossa Senhora do Pilar Cathedral

Reviewed By Grantedwards358 - South America

There are many Cathedrals in Sao Joao, this is one of the top ones to visit if you appreciate old archetecture. Just two blocks off the main street.

2. Igreja de Sao Francisco de Assis

Praca Frei Orlando, Sao Joao del Rei, State of Minas Gerais 36307-352, Brazil (32) 3372-3110
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Igreja de Sao Francisco de Assis

Reviewed By ajaceman - Vancouver

This is another fine example of colonial architecture on the church tour of Sao Joao del Rei. If you have a chance to see a big event like a wedding or Easter celebration here don't miss it. Great pomp and circumstance. At night the front of the church is illuminated, but it needs some burned bulbs replaced to once more achieve it's full pictorial potential. The garden in front of the church has incredibly tall royal palm trees. A big wind took one out recently and there is talk of disease among others, as they reach full maturity. I guess it's just old age catching up.

3. Nossa Senhora do Carmo Church

Rua do Carmo, Sao Joao del Rei, State of Minas Gerais 36300-090, Brazil +55 32 3371 7996
Excellent
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4.5 based on 378 reviews

Nossa Senhora do Carmo Church

Reviewed By nymanyma - Tokyo, Japan

Just beautiful. I believe this is the best spot in Sao Joao del Rei. I recommendo to visit it in the morning to take pictures. Some private tour guides are waiting for tourists in the park in front of the church but some of them are very good so it's worth having citiy tour with them. They say they normally would charge R$100 for 2 hours' guide but you can negoiate.

4. Sao Joao Del Rei Historic Center

Sao Joao del Rei, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Excellent
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4.5 based on 184 reviews

Sao Joao Del Rei Historic Center

Reviewed By MvieiraPoa - Porto Alegre, RS

There are beautiful houses, streets, churces and local craft shops. Once there, see the street of fallen houses ( rua casas caídas).

5. Memorial Tancredo Neves

Rua Padre Jose Maria Xavier 7, Sao Joao del Rei, State of Minas Gerais 36307-340, Brazil +55 32 3371 7836
Excellent
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4.5 based on 388 reviews

Memorial Tancredo Neves

Sat-Sun 9am-5pm

Reviewed By ajaceman - Vancouver


The small cemetery at the back of Igreja Sao Francisco in Sao Joao del Rei is filled with massive mausoleums and walls full of memorial cubbyholes. If you wonder how to find Tancredo´s final resting place just follow the yellow arrows painted on the ground. They will lead you right to a splendid grey granite sarcophagus with raised polished brass letters on his and his wife´s graves, under the smiling gaze of St. Bartholemew enclosed in a marble arch and in the process of releasing the doves of peace. It is a beautiful and honorable final resting place for the man who was almost president of a democratic Brazil in 1985.

6. Church of Nossa Senhora das Merces

Praca Barao de Itambe, Sao Joao del Rei, State of Minas Gerais 36300-134, Brazil +55 32 3371 2149
Excellent
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4.5 based on 148 reviews

Church of Nossa Senhora das Merces

Reviewed By Viajeraenfamilia - Chile

If you are going to Ouro Preto, I strongly recommend you to stop in this town prior to your final destination. It is very well preserved, the churches are amazing and you can simply walk and get lost in its little cobble stones without any safety issues.

7. Railway Museum

Rua Hermilio Alves 366 | Estação de São João del-Rei, Sao Joao del Rei, State of Minas Gerais 36307-328, Brazil +55 32 3371 8485
Excellent
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4.5 based on 406 reviews

Railway Museum

Tue-Sun 9am-5pm

Reviewed By Jose Luis R - Monterrey, Mexico

Be sure to use this small jewel on south america!. Its the only steam train working. IT goes to Tiradentes on mornings and afternoons. So, if Tiradentes its on your schedule, be sure to take the train!!.. You'll be glad you did!!

8. Church of Nossa Senhora do Rosario

Praca Embaixador Gastao da Cunha, Sao Joao del Rei, State of Minas Gerais 36300-084, Brazil +55 32 3371 1785
Excellent
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4 based on 172 reviews

Church of Nossa Senhora do Rosario

Reviewed By J Machado M - Sorocaba, SP

Bem localizada no Centro Histórico, a Igreja é simples e já requer cuidados na manutenção. Uma restauração seria bem apropriada, além da mesma estar sempre fechada, o que acaba frustrando os turistas.

9. Museu Regional de Sao Joao del-Rei

Rua Marechal Deodoro 12, Sao Joao del Rei, State of Minas Gerais 36300-074, Brazil (32)3371-7663
Excellent
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4 based on 128 reviews

Museu Regional de Sao Joao del-Rei

Tue-Sun 12pm-6pm

Reviewed By Nathalie D - Toulouse, France

Nice museum with very good explanations. The staff is extremely nice and helpful. The building is a beautiful colonial building. Worth the visit!

10. Ponte Do Rosario

Avenida Tiradentes 500, Sao Joao del Rei, State of Minas Gerais 36307-970, Brazil
Excellent
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4 based on 231 reviews

Ponte Do Rosario

Reviewed By Sonia261 - Sao Bernardo Do Campo, SP

Atravessei várias vezes esta histórica e bela ponte para passar de um lado do Centro histórico até a Igreja de São Francisco de Assis, que está do lado oposto. Esta ponte foi construída em 1800 com sólidos arcos de cantaria de pedra, substituindo uma antiga ponte. Mantem o mesmo estilo da Ponte da Cadeia, construída bem próxima. Valem as lindas fotos.

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