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Cafua das Merces, Sao Luis

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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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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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  • Interesting exhibits of Afro-Brasilian religious history upstairs. It is one of the few places where you can actually see a colonial pelourinho (pillory), although the one that is here seems to be a r...  more »
  • I was a bit disappointed, as the whole museum actually only consists of two small rooms and an even smaller 4m2 square (where the 'pelourinho' is). There is some general explanation of the historic si...  more »
  • Tourist venue, presenting José Sarney museum and downtown architecture. It's a matter of which show, exposition or else is there at the moment.  more »
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  • 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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