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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  • August 9, 2017
    Always nice to get to know each other sites that refer us our stories. The ruins offer a stroll through a former Brazil and allows us to see a beautiful landscape.
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  • August 3, 2017
    First fortified residence of Brazil, visit the ruins is very interesting, even for those who do not really into history. Much of the residence is still standing and the Church almost untouched. The place is well maintained but not offers many features, there's no guides and even souvenir shop. For those who purchase the package the agencies guides feature the site and tell their stories. Still, worth the visit.
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  • July 30, 2017
    Could have a larger structure, such as indicating what was what in the Castle, at most we wondered what it would be
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  • May 28, 2016
    The place is really nice, historical and peaceful. The sightseeing from the windows are overwhelming.
  • June 18, 2017
    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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  • July 18, 2017
    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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  • July 17, 2017
    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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  • August 2, 2017
    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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