Religious, Spiritual sights in Cachoeira & São Félix
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The Igreja da Ordem Terceira do Carmo has a gilded baroque altar, paneled ceilings and azulejos, and dates from 1702. A side gallery contains several polychrome Christs, imported from the Portuguese colony in Macau, and dripping with bovine blood mixed with Chinese herbs and sparkling rubies.
Cachoeira’s oldest church is the tiny Igreja de NS da Ajuda, built in 1595 when the town was known as Arraial d’Ajuda.
The climb to the 18th-century Igreja de NS do Conceição do Monte is rewarded only by views as it is closed to visitors.