Minas Gerais

São João del Rei

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São João del Rei
The Essential
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This prosperous market town boasts fine examples of Baroque and colonial architecture. São João del Rei prides itself on having given Brazil two immensely popular figures: Tiradentes, hero of the Inconfidência movement, and Tancredo Neves, the country's shortest-lived president, who died in 1985. Unlike neighbouring Tiradentes, it managed to avoid decline when the mines closed by investing in agriculture, livestock-rearing and trade. It also boasts several orchestras, a lively cultural scene and decent nightlife.

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Michelin's recommendations for São João del Rei

São Francisco de Assis Church São Francisco de Assis Church
São Francisco de Assis Church
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Museu Regional de São João del Rei
Museu Regional de São João del Rei
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