Originally built by the French as the Saint Louis Fort, it now is home to the Maranhão State Government. The rooms are furnished with 18th
and 19th century pieces.
The Arthur Azevedo Theater is the
second oldest in Brazil and its
architecture is part of the show: a
neoclassical auditorium with
Morada das Artes
Between one excursion and another, take some time to go shopping. At the Morada das Artes (Home of the Arts) you will find local handcrafts made of buriti leaves, shirts and miniatures produced by local artisans, and many other things. The prices are also very attractive.
Centro de Comercialização de Produtos Artesanais (Ceprama)
Factory of the former ‘Companhia de Fiação’, it now houses the Center for Artisanal Products Sales. There are items on sale ranging from bags and sandals made from buriti palm fiber, bobbin lace (a very thin type of lace), as well as miniatures of bumba-meu-boi.
Cotton, leather, wood, clay and even guarimã fiber (a leaf from a plant typical to the region) are transformed into art in the hands of local artisans. Some of the main crafts are pieces produced from strands of buriti, a palm tree common in the region, pottery and lace.
Popular Festivals – Carnaval
Get to know a different kind of Carnaval, one that is identifiable by the drum beat and fabulous personalities that take over the street: Cruz-Diabo, Urso and Fofão. Blocks of natives and African culture groups join the bands and samba schools to create a huge party.
Popular Festivals – Bumba-Meu-Boi and Tambor-de-Crioula (São João)
Participate in the main Maranhão festival in June, when the streets of São Luís are taken over by festivities and square dance groups, and by the traditional bumba-meu-boi (tale of the resurrection of a bull killed by a slave) and tambor-de-crioula and cacuriá (Maranhão folk dances).
Walk through the Historical Center that was registered by Unesco and see the architecture of more than 3 thousand colonial buildings, some of them built under the influence of the French occupation, such as the Palácio La Ravardière. The Portuguese tile on the faces of the old mansions is an unmistakable characteristic of the city.
Domingos Vieira Filho Pop Culture Center
The nickname Casa da Festa (Party House) is not for nothing. The mansion from the 19th century has a collection of the rites and pastimes, showing clothing, jewelry and objects used in pop culture festivals, such as Tambor de Mina, Festa do Divino Espírito Santo, Tambor-de-Crioula, Carnaval and Christmas.
The fountain has historical significance. In 1615 it was here that Captain Jeronimo de Albuquerque camped with his troops prior to the battle to expel the French who were trying to invade the region. There are underground galleries, fountains and gargoyles carved in stone.
Festivals are rich in Portuguese, Indian and African traditions. Among them is São João - a festival that takes place in many towns throughout the Northeast. The ‘Creole Drum’, an African tradition, gained the status of Intangible Brazilian Cultural Heritage from Unesco, honoring São Benedito.
Rice is the most widely used ingredient in Maranhão cuisine, together with fish and dried beef and cassava. One of the more typical dishes is the cuxá rice. Meals are always accompanied by typical regional fruit juices or guaraná Jesus - a sweet local drink.
Arte Sacra (Religious Art) Museum
The Arte Sacra (Religious Art) Museum houses images of saints that were used in Holy Week processions. The collection also has religious objects from the 18th to the 20th centuries such as oil-painted vases, crosses and priest and bishop’s garments.
Maranhão Historical and Artistic Museum
It is home to a collection of furniture, china, crystal and glass that belonged to the wealthiest families in the 18th/19th centuries. The house, used to be the Gomes de Sousa Solar - one of the wealthiest residents of the city - also has a lookout with a view of the São Marcos Bay.
Ponta D’Areia Beach
Although not suitable for bathing, the Ponta D’Areia beach attracts many tourists. In addition to good tourist facilities there are bars, restaurants and several reggae clubs – a rhythm that is popular in the capital of Maranhão – attracting many young people to the beach.
Entertainment and Nightlife
Lagoa da Jansen Ecological Park includes restaurants, bars, pizzerias and nightclubs to provide entertainment during the day and enjoyment at night. Opened in 2001 as a community facility, the park is located between Ponta d’Areia beach and the São Francisco neighborhood.
Lagoa da Jansen Ecological Park
Ana Jansen was a major landowner during the colonial era in São Luís. The park was built in around 150 hectares surrounding the Lagoon of the same name, and is home to preserved species of native fauna and flora.
Athletics and Cycling
One of the focal points for athletics and cycling enthusiasts in São Luís is Calhau Beach. The kiosks and restaurants built on stilts (posts that support constructions in seaside areas) intermingle with the landscape of sand dunes and low vegetation.
San Marcos Beach
Additionally to the nightlife effervescence provided by the bars, the beach is also crowded during the day, especially with surfers who take advantage of its big waves. The landscape is formed by dunes and the remainders of São Marcos Fort (18th century) which originated the name of the beach.
It draws attention due to its clear and calm waters and for the dunes and vegetation along it. The kiosks and restaurants located on stilts - a type of pile supporting buildings in maritime areas - complete the landscape.
Business Multicenter Sebrae
The center contains an exhibition pavilion capable of holding an average of 19,000 people, an auditorium and technical rooms with a capacity of 880 people in a covered area measuring 20,074 m². It also provides sound distribution, video projection facilities and air conditioning.
Convention Center Governor Pedro Neiva de Santana
The center has a capacity of approximately 5,000 people, includes 02 auditoriums, 14 offices, 02 VIP rooms and a number of supporting areas, as well as 24 hour surveillance, sound distribution, lighting and air conditioning. It is located near the Historic Town Center of the city of São Luis, recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
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