Attractions

Plaza in Alcântara

Praça da Matriz

The heart of the colonial settlement, this spacious hilltop plaza contains the best-preserved pelourinho (whipping post) in Brazil and the evocative shell of the 17th-century church Igreja de São Matias. A couple of…
Museum in Alcântara

Museu Histórico de Alcântara

Set over two floors, this interesting museum is set in an old colonial house that was first inhabited by nobility and later by traders. It includes many fascinating artifacts. Check out the collection of hollowed-ou…
Church in Alcântara

Igreja de NS do Carmo

This pretty two-towered church was built in 1665 and has been recently restored. Inside there is an elaborate gold altar, while beside it there is a ruined convent that has been converted to a football pitch (with g…
Museum in Alcântara

Casa Histórica

This impressive mansion on the corner of the plaza has been converted into a museum. On the ground floor are relics from when the building was a chemist's shop while on the second floor there are period furnishings.…
Museum in Alcântara

Casa do Divino

This old house is the main center of activities during Alcântara's famous Festa do Divino Espírito Santo – at other times it serves as a museum covering different aspects of the celebration, including the costumes d…