São Cristóvão

Praça São Francisco

São Cristóvão is a historic town in Sergipe, nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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São Cristóvão is a historic city with rich architectural, cultural, and religious heritage. If was founded on January 1, 1590, the fourth oldest Brazilian city. It was the capital of Sergipe until 1855.

Its current location on the banks of a tributary of the Vaza Barris River dates from 1607, and the majority of its monuments were built after the destruction the town suffered from the Dutch invasion of 1637. Reconstruction began in 1645, and the main architectural heritage sites date from this period.

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