Welcome to Cidade de Goiás
Straddling the Rio Vermelho and surrounded by the rugged Serra Dourada, Cidade de Goiás is a sleepy town of lamplit cobblestone streets and whitewashed colonial homes. The former state capital, once known as Vila Boa (and briefly later on as Goiás Velho and sometimes today only as Goiás), was awarded Unesco World Heritage status in 2002. Its gorgeous baroque churches shine and the town’s population swells during Semana Santa (Holy Week). Every July 25, the anniversary of the town’s founding in 1727, the state governor visits Cidade de Goiás, which becomes the state capital for three days.