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[an error occurred while processing this directive] [an error occurred while processing this directive] São Luís is a town in Brazil that was founded in the 17th century by the French. It later came under Dutch occupation before eventually coming under Portuguese rule. Through these periods, it became home to many historicd buildings of the different eras. Thanks to an economic stagnation of the early 20th century, many of the historic buildings in São Luís have survived intact, making the town one of the best examples of an Iberian colonial town in Brazil.

São Luís was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 21st session of the World Heritage Committee meeting in Naples, Italy, on 1-6 December, 1997. The Committee recognizes it as an outstanding example of a Portuguese colonial town that has adapted successfully to the climatic conditions in equatorial South America, while at the same time, has managed to preserve its urban fabric.

Photos of Historic Centre of São Luís

Palacio Leoes, São Luís, Brazil
Palacio Leoes, São Luís, Brazil
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São Luís Cathedral, Brazil
São Luís Cathedral, Brazil
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São Luís Street, Brazil
São Luís Street, Brazil
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What to See in Historic Centre of São Luís

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: S 2 30 51 W 44 18 9 in Maranhão State, in northeast Brazil
Inscription Year: 1997
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: III, IV, V

Location Map


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Visiting Historic Centre of São Luís

Your base for visiting this World Heritage Site is Sao Paulo, the biggest city in Brazil. From there, you can make the arrangement, either on your own or through a travel agency, to go there. As part of the preparations, here's a list of hotels in Sao Paolo with online booking facility.

Getting there

You can reach São Luís by bus, train as well as by flight. There are several domestic airlines flying to São Luís from major Brazilian cities.

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