Palacio Anchieta, Vitoria

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Originally built by Jesuits as the College of St. James, Palacio Anchieta has housed the seat of government for the state of Espírito Santo since the 18th century, making it one of the oldest seats of government in Brazil. The first wing was completed in 1587, replacing a Jesuit church that had stood in its place until it was burned down in a fire. Since then the palace has suffered not one but three other major fires, and has undergone several restorations. Today the palace is open to the public and houses the symbolic tomb of Father José de Anchieta, whose remains were lost at sea when the ship transporting them to Portugal sank. To visit Palacio Anchieta and other attractions in Vitoria, use our Vitoria online trip itinerary planner .
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  • Stately and historic building, well maintained, used as the seat of the State Government of Espírito Santo state and also place of performance art exhibition. It is worth visiting, for construction, furniture, privileged view and local preservation.
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  • Delighted with the Palace, I went with a group of 40 students on a weekday, we visit the historical part, too bad not being able to visit the residence, reception very organized, very interesting motivation and safety.
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  • I found it very interesting that Palace, by possessing a permanent collection with period furniture and also temporary exhibitions. It is located in front of the Santa Maria River and the Victoria Harbour, with a beautiful view of this river and the city of Vila Velha on the far Bank of the river.
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  • One of the most important and historical buildings in the state capital, it is the administrative office of the state government. It usually has a art exhibit there. It's worth the visit, usually takes about 3 hours.
  • The English-speaking tour with Alessandro, Roberta & Miguel was exceptional for obvious reasons. They provided the context of events that accompanied the distinct transition s from the early Jesuit founding of what became the President's or later State Governor's Palace plus how & why the actual negotiations were proferred between the parties involved. As these knowledgeable guides led me through private sections of the Palace (tours available only on weekends) they gave documented historical accounts how leadership & decision-making advanced in this rapidly growing state that was first explored in 1488 as settlement began in the 1530's.
  • Muito bonito palácio. There is a tomb of Padre José de Anchieta. Also a museum of postal history with some evocative images of old Vitoria.
  • A beautiful place
  • We were greeted by the Guide charmed us with Renato your knowledge and love for what you do! It was so interesting to the tour that we did not see the time passing! Worth knowing!
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Where to stay in Vitoria

The two main neighborhoods to stay in when exploring Vitoria are Praia do Canto and the area close to Parque Moscoco. Hotels dominate the selection here, with simple rooms in chain and independent lodgings, alongside luxury options. Budget-conscious travelers will find side street hostels appealing, as well as the more basic among the collection of pousadas (guesthouses) in the city. Stay closer to the airport, or the main bridges leading off the island, if you wish to get out of town on a regular basis to explore other areas of the state.
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