Castelo Garcia D`avila, Mata de Sao Joao

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The home of the first Christian couple in Brazil’s history, Castelo Garcia D`avila is often overlooked as an attraction. However, because of this relative isolation, it is has remained well-preserved and is a wonder to see set in the countryside. Much of the stone walls are intact, although they no longer support a roof. Much of this roofless portion of the castle dates all the way back to the 16th century and the origin of Brazil’s conversion to Christianity. The best preserved portion of the castle is the Tower House, a tall and narrow structure that looks as if it was just abandoned yesterday. Work out when and for how long to visit Castelo Garcia D`avila and other Mata de Sao Joao attractions using our handy Mata de Sao Joao trip itinerary app .
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  • Beautiful conservation project. A pity the runway to be closed for lack of maintenance. Visit a must for anyone who likes history and architecture.
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  • The ride was on a Sunday morning could not be better, culturally unmissable, the ruins of the Castle count itself a bit of history of our country. The official Hadrian was a great surprise by the guidelines and charisma. Ride of a lifetime.
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  • The ruins are interesting. The history of the castle is also realizes that had a metal structure that gave access to the top floor, but the bad conservation, access was forbidden. We see an explanatory video and it said restoration work would be q completed in 2010! The total would be spent more than 12 million reais. (Already had spent 5 million and still spend more 7 million). I can't understand what happened. Because even with the investment already done the only thing restored was the Chapel, q they call Tower. The rest of the building is in ruins and the q already been done deteriorated. A pity that there is no greater investment to preserve and allow the public a better view of this work, q is considered the first construction made by the Portuguese in Brazil. Worth the visit to meet. It costs 10 reais per person and can go with the car. Easy access.
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  • The place is really nice, historical and peaceful. The sightseeing from the windows are overwhelming.
  • Historic place with beautiful view and a little of the history of Brazil. Despite the Castle be on your most destroyed is worth knowing to your architecture. I went from tuc-tuc (bike adapted to carry 4 passengers) and the driver acted very well. Admission is R $10.00 and has a local guide who attends R$ 20.00/couple for a guided tour. Excellent initiative of Petrobras, Eletrobras among other institutions to support this cultural heritage of our country.
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  • One of the first constructions of Brazil in a spectacular area, but without proper maintenance with disabled and other areas with risk of accidents! Bad recovery project with public money!
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  • Worth the visit for historical reason. But it seems the budget for conservation and restoration is short. In the video, after visiting the ruins, make reference to final year 2010 for restoration ...
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  • It's something worth knowing the history behind the ruins, tracking a good guide will enrich much the ride in a very nice location.
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