Cafua das Merces, Sao Luis

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#9 of 15 in Museums in Sao Luis
The two-room museum Cafua das Merces displays items from Brazilian slave past, featuring beautiful works of African art, and objects used in religious ceremonies, such as statuettes and drums. It is one of the few places where you can actually see a colonial torture device (pillory), a testament to arduous life imposed on slaves in the late 18th century. The building was used as a middle point where slaves, newly landed from the ships, were taken to the market to be sold. Make Cafua das Merces a part of your Sao Luis vacation plans using our Sao Luis itinerary builder.
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  • July 3, 2017
    When I visited was not completely open. Many of the attractions of Maranhão are suffering from the oversight of the competent organs, having to ban areas that need reform or offer risks.
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  • May 19, 2017
    The site, shows pieces of the time of slavery, and part of the history of blacks who have excelled in the fight against slavery. Talks about the customs of blacks and brings some objects of black culture.
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  • April 9, 2017
    Small museum on slavery which you can visit soon! right next to the convent of the Merces. Former prison for slaves.
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  • July 4, 2017
    Little known. Worth a visit!!
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  • August 4, 2016
    Tourist spot of São Luís do Maranhão, the Windows had this format to avoid the escape of slaves. Worked as a place of confinement.
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  • December 13, 2015
    Note 10
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The more upmarket and characterful accommodations in Sao Luis can be found in the historical center, with atmospheric pousadas (guesthouses) and hotels in well-preserved colonial-era architecture. Head east of the Centro district to find budget hostels suitable for backpackers happy with simple lodgings, but who wish to be close to the main architectural sights. Larger, modern hotels lie along the island's northern coast, where a cluster of luxury and mid-range options offer rooms with sea views.
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