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One of the many ornate churches and the most popular in the city, Igreja São Francisco de Assis.
São João del-Rei also spelled São João del Rey or São João del Rei is a historical city in the state of Minas Geraismarker, Brazilmarker.

Population: 81,600 inhabitants. (2004)

São João del-Rei was founded in the 18th century and has a great number of buildings from that era, including more than 70 churches. It was there where Tiradentes, the leader of the Inconfidência Mineira, was born in 1746.

Gold, animal husbandry and agriculture aided the development and progression of the former town, given city status on December 8, 1838.

Cathedrals and churches

  • Catedral Basílica do Pilar (1721), seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of São João del Rei
  • Rosário (1720)
  • Carmo (1733)
  • Mercês e Bonfim (1769)
  • São Francisco de Assis (1774)
  • Senhor dos Montes Santo Antônio
  • N. Sra. da Piedade do Bom Despacho (antiga capela da Cadeia)


Famous people from São João del Rey



Estrada de Ferro Oeste de Minas

São João del Rei was an important station on the Estrada de Ferro Oeste de Minas, a narrow gauge railway, and the location of a major roundhouse. The station and surrounding facilities have been turned into Brazil's largest railway museum, and a tourist railway operates from the station to Tiradentes.

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