Santo Antonio Church, Sao Luis

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The historic center of Sao Luis was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, and Santo Antonio Church is one of its most prominent buildings. This part of the city, known as Old Town, encompasses more than 3,500 colonial buildings, including several landmark religious structures. This imposing church, however, is less known for its architecture than the fact that it was the location of Father Antonio Vieira’s famous "Sermon to the Fishes." Vieira was a 17th century Portuguese Jesuit whose sermons became known for their imaginative power and dignity of language. Today, the well-preserved site is a popular tourist attraction and a major place of worship for the city’s large Catholic population. Using our custom trip planner, Sao Luis attractions like Santo Antonio Church can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Located in the Centre of São Luís, the Church is a building of the 17TH century and is rich in religious art. It is known to have been still in this chapel built the first Nativity scene of the city. We can still observe various tombs of wealthy athletes and people of Maranhão aristocracy in the past centuries.
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  • Even though I'm from São Luís city, had never visited the Church of St. Anthony, only passed down the street and d, until less than 1 month I had no idea of the "treasures" of the story, especially in the chapel of Bom Jesus dos Navegantes: see the exact place where Pe, Antônio Vieira preached knowing that still there is the pulpit where he climbed. mp
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  • A simple Church, has no sophistication, with a seminar, for seminarians study aims to be priests, right in the center of the city of São Luís. Worth knowing. Head back to a square.
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  • Homily wonderful old Building needs repairs, like all historical heritage of Brazil. Unfortunately the story in this country is not valued by our rulers
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  • A lovely place!
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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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