City of Goiás

Nestled in the interior of Goiás, where a diamond in a crown, the City of Goiás (Goiás State, Brazil) is a beautiful colonial city like Ouro Preto, which had preserved its mansions and churches as they were at the time of the Empire of Brazil. But make no mistake, the city is colonial, but it is vibrant, with events like the International Festival of Environmental Film and Video of the bonfire procession and carnival, which is among the best in the state. The city stands out in the cultural area, there arose the greatest poets and artists of the State of Goiás, in Brazil and known names in the world, as Joaquim Jose da Veiga Valle, Goiandira do Couto and Cora Coralina. A unique city, beautiful, active and lively.

Upon entering the city, coming from Goiânia, the visitor immediately encounters the Fountain Square, where the imposing building of the Museum of Flags, building built in 1761 to house the Town Hall and Public Jail, with walls of nearly one five feet wide. Almost next to the museum is the beautiful fountain Tail, built in 1778, a place to sit and enjoy life, to imagine her in the Empire, when there was no running water and the locals had to go to the fountain to get clean water ...

Down the street, you arrive at the Largo of the Matrix, the main town square, where attractions such as the Conde dos Arcos Palace, built in 1750 and residence of the Governors of the State of Goiás until 1937, when the state capital was transferred to Goiânia. The name is a tribute to the first Governor of the Province of Goiás also the Matrix Square are the Church of the Good Death, the Matrix and the beautiful gazebo in the plaza. The Church of the Good Death is an important sacred art museum where are exposed many important works of Veiga Valle.

Down the street a little more, you arrive at the Cross of Anhanguera monument on the banks of Red River. Across the river is the famous "old house of the bridge," one of the first buildings in the city, where he was born and lived the poet Ana Lins dos Guimarães Peixoto Bretas, better known as Cora Coralina. Generally it is thought that a very learned and famous is an arrogant and difficult to treat, but when I first entered the home of Cora Coralina, in the eighties, I was surprised by its great simplicity and great sympathy, she loved to receive visits because he found himself virtually alone in that huge house in the eighteenth century.

Continuing on the same street just find the Church of the Rosary, a beautiful Gothic building. Turning left in front of the church and following a few blocks we came to the house Goiandira Couto. Goiandira was a painter who did not use paint, she painted with colored sands of Golden Sierra, which frames the City of Goiás It simply created a new art, skirted lightly with a pencil, the landscape that he wanted to "paint", then with a brush, apply glue these edges and, finally, with the fingers, dropped the sand into the desired tone on these contours. The tables offered to landscape the City of Goiás colors and brightnesses that were unique.

Continuing up the street, up the hill, we came across the Church of Santa Barbara, built in 1775 with blocks of soapstone, access is via a staircase of 52 steps and your patio opens up the most beautiful view of the city, a place worth visiting, even if only by sight. This article was what I call "quick walk" the main attractions of the city of Goiás, but the city is not limited to this, many other places worth visiting, as the Church of San Francisco and the Municipal Market, among others. Be sure to visit the home of one of the confectioners of the city, they are famous for their beauty and sweet flavor.

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