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The colonial town of Barra de São João . . .
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. . . is a likeable place at the
sun coast «Costa do Sol» in
the state of Rio de Janeiro, at
the river mouth of São João. The town is located 180 km
north the famous city of Rio
de Janeiro and Búzios be-
tween Rio das Ostras. Once,
the location was important
for the transport of coffee
and wood from the mountains (about 9000 inhabitants).
capela a The highlights are the chapel
of São João Batista, the
museum «House of Casimiro
de Abreu», the city park
«As Primaveras», the church Sagrada Família, the colonial
houses and the avenue along
the river and mountain São
João, the beaches «Prainha»
and «Praião», nature reserves, and the music and cultual
events.
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prainha a The small beach «Prainha» is formed by sand dunes and
situated next to the chapel of
São João Batista. The beach
bars offer typical local dishes. From the church hill you have
a magnificent view over the
city, the sea, the river up to
the mountains. In the evening you can see here the most
beautiful sunset and the water
reflections produce a great
photo opportunity.
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The birthplace of the Poet
Casimiro de Abreu is now
a museum and cultural
center. It contains an
auditorium, two exhibition
rooms and a hall dedi-
cated to the poet's life,
with text, pictures and
videos. Since he died of
tuberculosis, then all his
belongings were burned.
museu a praca a The Catholic Mother
Church named
Sagrada Familia was built in the 19th century and is loca-
ted in the center of the city in front of
the park «As Prima-
veras». It's three
bells were imported
from Paris.
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morro a casapardal a On the banks of the river São João – with the mountain «Morro São João»
in the background – is the historical
part of town with beautiful colonial buildings, lined with an avenue with more than hundred years old trees,
Flamboyants full of red flowers in the
summer time. In 1832 Charles Darwin
visited Barra de São João on a scien-
tific expedition and today the city participates in the project «Caminhos
de Darwin».
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barwalter a casal a passeio a Towards the
evening you can
observe formations
of hundreds of
herons on the way
down the river to
reach their night
quarters in the old
trees next to the
yacht club. A very
unique natural
phenomenon!
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