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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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  • A true relic of our history with beautiful views of the nearby beaches. Access to 5:00 pm, with R$ price 10.00 per person. The route to the location quite reasonable, with a good part paved and approximately 1 km final clod. One realizes that they must have been funds invested pulpy by Petrobras, on account of the landscape and by the flag at the entrance, built in high standard, while the ruins of the Castle are poorly preserved, with repairs performed apparently without application of best technique. A shame!! The movement inside the castle must be done carefully because the floor is steel sheets corroded offering risk to visitors. Around the main building, several ruins with signs indicating that the search was in progress and not yet completed. The impression we have is that all are abandoned. No folder or prospectus at the disposal of visitors leaves us no information, unless we're willing to pay a local guide for information. Our history is very poorly preserved based on what we've seen on this visit.
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  • I really enjoyed. I was impressed to see how Garcia D ' Avilla owned large parts of Brazil. Believe that around 800,000 kms? The Bahia until the Maranhão.
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  • The Castle has an incredible energy. You can feel the sanction that the family of the village had to live there. The restored Chapel inside you get feel incredible peace and, like there is a world outside dela.se you want to take a trip to desistresa, creates more understanding with the world outside can go up to the Castle. You know when you try to talk with your wife and your home town, the luagres you like to attend. Are no longer good for you comes to a conversation. Pleasant? Because it is that to the Castile luga plus back to the past. You may have other vario magical moments.
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  • The place is really nice, historical and peaceful. The sightseeing from the windows are overwhelming.
  • Vista muito bonita!
  • muito bom
  • Falta serviços
  • Lugar da importância histórica para o Brasil e o Nordeste. Sede da maior Capitania Hereditária do Brasil Colonial que se estendia da Bahia ao Maranhão. Há ruínas da antiga sede construída no seculo XVI em arquitetura estilo medieval (por isso Castelo Dias D'Avila) que servia como residência e forte. Fica no alto de uma colina próximo da vila de Praia do Forte com uma linda vista do mar. Lugar fresco e gramado. Há uma pequena capela bem agradável. Uma árvore enorme e impressionante de frente à capela que faz uma bela e agradável sombra. Conta com uma pequena estrutura de alvenaria na entrada onde são expostas peças arqueológicas, maquete de como deveria ter sido a construção original e sala com recepção onde é exibido um vídeo de 12 minutos contando um pouco da história do lugar. Entrada R$10,00 adulto e R$5,00 crianças se 6 a 12 anos. Há sanitários. Aconselho levar água e com crianças um lanche. Tem estacionamento. Vale a pena a visita!