Historical and Geographical Institute, Maceio

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Historical and Geographical Institute is the second oldest of its kind in Brazil and has one of the most important collections in the country among the African culture. Founded in 1869, this building of ancient architecture houses incredibly valuable pieces including parts of sugar mills, furniture, documents, personal belongings of public personalities, Masonic relics of the first reign, ancient weapons, rare pottery, and a library with thousands of rare books. The feel of the place is rustic and you might even be able to catch a music recital or other performance. Put Historical and Geographical Institute into our Maceio tourist route planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Maceio.
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  • March 3, 2017
    Has a great collection of the history of Maceió and northeastern Brazil. Age-old instruments the time has Dutch rule, fragments and objects from the period of slavery, indigenous culture, personal objects of public figures, etc. Anyway, it's really very interesting to discover a little more about our own history. Besides, low cost of entry, practically symbolic. I was thinking it might be a waste of time but really worth it. Only negatives were that part of the site was under construction, and there was a scandal from a gentleman who said local President, and was extremely pretentious by using a table at the entrance to hold a meeting with two officials and screaming to make complaints about them. When a visitor asked him to calm down, was arrogant with the same in the best style "I own all this here". Regrettable.
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  • December 29, 2016
    It's small and doesn't have large collection to visit but may be an option for those who are interested in the history of Alagoas and Brazil in Sunday morning's got piano concerts
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  • December 28, 2016
    The Instituto Histórico e Geográfico de Alagoas is the third founded in Brazil. Is a faithful guardian of one of the most important collections of Afro-Brazilian culture.
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Accommodations in Maceio crowd around the city's eastern shorefront, competing for a spot in the morning sun. The best places to stay during your Maceio vacation are the neighborhoods of Ponta de Terra, Ponta Verde, and Jatiúca. You can find everything from free-spirited hostels to high-class hotels and beach resorts along the coastal strip, within a stone's throw of white sand beaches. To get off the beaten track, go west to the other edge of the city, where palm-lined Lagoa Mundaú brims with birdlife and local fishers looking for the day's catch among the mangroves.
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