Palacio dos Leoes, Sao Luis

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Translated as “The Palace of the Lions,” Palacio dos Leoes is the headquarters of the state of Maranhão. The site is recognized as a world heritage site by UNESCO and has housed the governors of the region since the 17th century. Most of the facade and the interior was renovated and redesigned in the 19th century, although the extensive rear wing wasn’t added until 1906. During these two consecutive periods, much of the decorative art and collection of artworks was acquired. On your visit to the site, you will see a magnificent overview of the city that the ruling governors enjoyed daily. Put Palacio dos Leoes into our Sao Luis itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Very beautiful and well maintained, with magnificent works. Be sure to enjoy the Sun of the Palace Wall by, super friendly and competent guides.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Organized, beautiful l, all restored. Worth a visit and is right in the historical centre. Worth. I love St. Louis.
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  • August 9, 2017
    I was privileged to have a guided visit with Mr. curator of the collection of art and chandeliers of the Palace. A luxury, especially given the recent political changes and social reflections of these. It was just amazing to hear and know every detail of the works that decorate this important and historic Palace.
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  • July 10, 2017
    Palace of the Lions is the seat of Government of the State of Maranhão, being located in the Centre of the capital of Maranhão State and is open to visitation. The Palace of the Lions has three division being administrative wing, residence and the Visitation visitation at the Palace is free and guided by conductors of the Palace. Visiting hours Tuesday to Sunday, Tuesday to Friday: 09:00 at 17:00 Saturday Sunday: 09:00 at 12:00 come and live this unique experience! Meet some of the biggest and most beautiful historical centers in the world, São Luís do Maranhão. Information: Tourism Guide Alakananda Tel 98 99209-7017 Sebastian (whatsapp) 98 98244-9405 Instagram: @sebastiaow Charlton @vemcomsebasito
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  • July 13, 2017
    There is not a lot of patience to guide the visitor enjoy the rooms and there is a gallery which is basically an advertisement for the ex-President Jose Sarney. However definitely worth a visit.
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  • July 31, 2017
    Beautiful place
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  • July 4, 2017
    As a Museum, beautiful. Otherwise ... well .... Government, right? :-/
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  • May 10, 2017
    Very beautiful on the outside. Unfortunately we were told by an employee at the desk that the Palace is being renovated on the inside and for an indefinite period, closed to public.
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Where to stay in Sao Luis

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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