Palacio Cruz e Sousa, Florianopolis

The city center, with its alleys, rows of houses, churches, and museums, contains many fine examples of colonial architecture, and Palacio Cruz e Sousa is one of the most recognizable. This landmark, with its ten allegorical sculptures outside and a majestic staircase inside, was built in the 17th century and served as a government palace. Today, you can visit the museum housed inside it, honoring a distinguished Santa Catarina poet of the Symbolist literary movement. At this site, which has seen its share of dramatic events in the city’s long history, you can take a guided tour to learn more about the rich cultural and artistic heritage of the region. The museum is located right next to the Metropolitan Cathedral and faces the XV de Novembro Square. Make Palacio Cruz e Sousa part of your personalized Florianopolis itinerary using our Florianopolis online road trip planner .
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  • the only part of this museum I liked was the dining room of centuries past, but the rest I didn't think these things.
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  • It is a beautiful building that keeps old furniture in perfect preservation. All very nice. Worth the visit.
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  • With architecture and decor inspired by the eclectic style, especially the Baroque and neoclassical, the Museum presents fixed collection filled with 19th-century furniture, utensils, art objects and marquetry work (drawings carved in wood) on the floors and paintings of walls, besides the stained glass art-nouvean-style in the dining room of the central nave.
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  • Important historical site.
  • Beautiful building, I hope they get finished with the restorations soon.
  • Awesome place,
  • One of the few museums in Florianópolis.
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Where to stay in Florianopolis

To get a true taste of the city's culture on your trip to Florianopolis, it's best to stay in the historical center on Santa Catarina Island. There you'll find plenty of accommodations--a significantly better selection than on the mainland--ranging from budget guesthouses and hostels to luxury hotels. Many guests, however, choose to take advantage of the island's charming nature by staying away from the city center, in the lakeside district of Lagoa da Conceição. For easy access to the best surf beaches on the island, stay a couple miles farther away at Mole Beach or Barra da Lagoa.
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