Welcome to Penedo
Note the elegant sculpture of Christ, standing tall in a riverboat, at the entrance to town: it's a hint at the significance of Penedo's position on the Rio São Francisco. The city is the architectural masterpiece of the state, known for its many baroque churches and decorative colonial-style buildings. It's not much to look at from the dusty (or muddy) riverfront square – to experience Penedo's charms, you'll have to wander up into the hilly cobblestoned streets. It's busy by day, when the downtown bustles with a daily market as people from surrounding villages pour in to do their shopping, and quiet at night. Apart from a few hotels and organized excursions on the river, Penedo is almost unaltered by tourism.