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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. Plan your Castelo Garcia D`avila visit and explore what else you can see and do in Mata de Sao Joao using our Mata de Sao Joao trip itinerary maker.
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  • My fiancee and I toured this site in Dec '16 and found it to be impressive and interesting. Unfortunately, due to the current state of affairs, the site and the road leading to it are in desperate nee...  more »
  • In a good day, coming to these ruins can make a great half a day because while the castle ruins are interesting pee se, the surroundings and the views from the beach are amazing too. Guide recommended  more »
  • Historical place with so much to teach for the kids about the colonization period in Brasil. Great structure with some informative pictures aboit the resatauration of this castle, one of the biggest i...  more »
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  • The place is really nice, historical and peaceful. The sightseeing from the windows are overwhelming.
  • When I met the castle in 2011 to visit was guided by a very nice man (who already worked there for 08 years). I really enjoyed the ride, for me it was a unique experience! I'm in love with this type of architecture. In addition, the delicacy of the Church struck me too!
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  • Historical monument of our Bahia. Great to take the family and see some of the culture and history of Brazil at the time of the discovery. This is the oldest monument of Brazil.
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  • Very beautiful. Great for history field classes. Access is by dirt road. The entry price is $10 and accepts half price.
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  • Great ride! Meet the first castle of Brazil was incredible. The visit is not guided, but the place is beautiful and has a beautiful view of the sea. The place has a mock-up of how should be the Castle, plus some historical relics excavated at the site.
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