São Cristóvão, the fourth oldest city in Brazil.

10 May


The city of São Cristóvão is located 25 km from Aracaju, capital of Sergipe, another northeastern state of Brazil, and the Praça de São Francisco (shown here) is the reason why the site is a holder of a World Heritage title.

The cobblestones are originally from the Philippines, and it’s the only city in Brazil with that type of street stone!

It was founded in 1590 and is considered the fourth oldest city in country. With fast and easy access from the state capital, what was before called he “capital of the Province of Sergipe del Rei” is now registered at the Institute for National Artistic and Historical Heritage – Iphan – preserving its colonial architecture, which delights any curious eyes and souls. A UNESCO World Heritage Site– and, so close to us! 😮

The large Praça de São Francisco presents an architectural group formed by the Church and Convent of São Francisco, during the seventeenth century, which today houses a beautiful Baroque building that was the first hospital in the province of Sergipe, as well as the Historical Museum, where the old Provincial Palace hosted Dom Pedro II, while visiting the city in 1860.

This architectural complex of Praça de São Francisco was recently recognized by UNESCO, and awarded a World Heritage Site title.

In the Carmo Square visitors will find the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary of Black Men, built by the Jesuits in the eighteenth century.

The saint, who lends his name to the church, was the target of devotion of the slaves. At the Praça is also possible to find the Church and the Carmelite Convent, and the Museum of ex-votos. In the Convent, now home to Benedictine nuns, one of the attractions are the delicious cookies made by religious and fought over by tourists!

We try to travel as much as we can, work permitting! 😮

Other historical cities from the northeast of Brazil:

São Luis, Maranhão  Eyes to the world   Teresina, Piauí   Interior da Bahia    Olinda, Pernambuco   João Pessoa and Ponta do Seixas, Paraíba  Maceió, Alagoas   Igarassu, Pernambuco  Vila dos Remédios, Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco   Rio Grande do Norte


Posted by on May 10, 2012 in BRASIL, photography, TRAVEL


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21 responses to “São Cristóvão, the fourth oldest city in Brazil.

  1. rondomtaliedraai

    May 11, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Amazing as usual


  2. Marcia Clarke

    May 10, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    That is a beautiful set of pictures, and a gorgeous city. Keep ’em coming!


  3. Gilly Gee

    May 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Magnificent, thanks so much for showing this beautiful place!


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      May 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      And thank you, Gilly, for taking the time to stop by and check the post out.. Much appreciated…:o


  4. firstandfabulous

    May 10, 2012 at 7:01 am

    One more beautiful than the next.


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      May 10, 2012 at 7:03 am

      Oh… Thank you so very much! And here I’m trying to find a way to get this blog to load faster, with so many good images… hard work! 😮 Thanks for stopping by and reading! 😮


      • firstandfabulous

        May 10, 2012 at 7:17 am

        It does take a while to load and sometimes even gets hung up, but like Gerry says, it’s worth the wait ( or a trip back when necessary) 😉


        • 3rdCultureChildren

          May 10, 2012 at 7:19 am

          Humm… just started “cleaning” old stuff… Let’s see if it improves the performance… thanks for coming back, though! 😮


  5. cobbies69

    May 10, 2012 at 6:06 am

    I always have a problem with your site, taking a while to load due to the amount of photo’s. But it always worth the wait. Excellent collection of pictures and dialogue to match. thanks for share. 😉


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      May 10, 2012 at 6:48 am

      Sorry the time it takes… it’s always so hard to decide which photo I should pic for a certain post! My apologies! 😮 I’m trying to “clear” some old posts, in order to see if I could “remove” old photos, or maybe, start having a link to some external gallery, like flicker, or so… wish I could make it faster for you… but I can’t… But it’s so good to know that it’s worth the wait…it’s my/our family’s travel journal, so… Many greetings from Recife, Brazil and thanks again for taking the time to stop by, wait and comment on the photos! 😮


  6. Marion Driessen

    May 10, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Absolutely wonderful photos!


  7. mizroket

    May 10, 2012 at 1:38 am




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