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CaptionSão Luís is the capital of the Brazilian state of Maranhão. Although it was founded by the French in 1612 and has also been occupied by the Dutch in the past São Luis remained a markedly Portuguese colonial city. The buildings with beautiful azulejo tiles walls and the cobblestone streets of its well-preserved historic center have been listed a World heritage site by UNESCO. São Luis is also one of those places that have a distinctive culture of its own - typical cuisine popular traditions and festivals and lively reggae parties that make the culture of São Luis stand out among Brazilian cities. __________________________________ Get in: By plane: Airport some 13 km from the centre. Domestic flights by Gol TAM Oceanair TAF also flies to French Guiana and Litorânea By bus: Bus station some 8 km southeast of the center close to the airport in Avenida dos Franceses 5073 - right north of the intersection with Rua Tres. By train: Train three times a week [3] to Parauapebas via Santa Inês Açailândia Marabá and others. The train station is in a street named: Companhia Vale do Rio Doce - next to Avenida dos Portugueses - some kilometers south west of the center. Companhia Vale do Rio Doce is the name of the company that operates the train. By plane__________________________________________ Get around: Staying in the Old Town most is walkable. There is a big bus terminal Praia Grande by the sea side: T065 São Raimundo / Band Tribuzzi takes you to São Luís Shopping in about 15 minutes. 403 Calhau/Litorânea goes by all the beaches. Many buses pass by the Praça Dedouro. __________________________________________ See: Historic Center: Palácio dos Leões São Luís Cathedral Igreja da Sé - Av. Pedro II - Centro. Palácio dos Leões Lions Palace - seat of the Governor - Av. Pedro II - Centro. Museu Histórico e Artístico do Maranhão - Rua do Sol Centro. Convento das Mercês Igreja do Desterro Casa de Nhozinho - Rua Portugal Centro Fonte do Ribeirão Stream's Fountain- Rua do Ribeirão Centro. Fonte das Pedras Stones' Fountain- Rua Antônio Rayol Centro close to Mercado Central. Teatro Arthur Azevedo - Second oldest in Brazil but very modern inside - Rua do Sol Centro Centro de Cultura Popular Domingos Vieira Filho Solar São Luís - Considered the biggest azulejo-clad building in Brazil 3 floors built in the late 1800s. - Rua do Egito Centro. Museu de Arte SacraSacred Art Museum - The collection belongs to Arquidiocese de São Luís composed by pieces made in the XVIII e XIX centuries featuring the Mannerist Rococo Baroque and Neoclassic styles. - Rua do Sol Centro. Remédios Church and Praça Gonçalves Dias - Built in 1719 on Gothic style stands on Gonçalves Dias square a beautiful vision. - Largo dos Amores Centro. Cafuá das Mercês - Rua Jacinto Maia Centro. Beaches: These all suffer from an enormous tidal variation - the sea reportedly recedes close to 1 km on some spots. At high tide there is no dry sand left. The most popular beach is Ponta d'Areia -far nicer if you continue a couple of kilometers: The beach of São Marcos continues into the beach of Calhau covering a stretch of some 5 km with plenty of simple bars and restaurants and a broad sidewalk by the road.
HeadlineSão Luís is the capital of the Brazilian state of Maranhão. Although it was founded by the French in 1612 and has also been occupied by the Dutch in the past São Luis remained a markedly Portuguese colonial city.
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