São João del-Rei, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil

Geography | Districts | History | Culture | Economy : Tourist Industry | Cathedrals and churches | Sport | Estrada de Ferro Oeste de Minas

🇧🇷 São João del-Rei is a Brazilian municipality in the state of Minas Gerais. Founded in 1713 in homage to king John V of Portugal, the city is famed for its historic Portuguese colonial architecture.


Geography It is located in the drainage basin of the Rio Grande and its terrain is located in the Mantiqueira mountains. It is a centre for the cities in the south and south-east of Minas Gerais.

The municipality contains part of the Ritápolis National Forest.

According to the modern (2017) geographic classification by Brazil's National Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), the municipality belongs to the Immediate Geographic Region of São João del-Rei, in the Intermediate Geographic Region of Barbacena.


Districts The municipality has five rural districts. • Rio das Mortes • São Gonçalo do Amarante • São Miguel do Cajuru • Emboabas • São Sebastião da Vitória.


History The city was founded by the bandeirantes; Tomé Portes del-Rei is considered the city's founder. The original small village situated in southern Minas Gerais was created as a staging post on the Estrada Real, a trade route from the coast at Paraty to cities in the central region of Minas Gerais such as Ouro Preto, Mariana and Conselheiro Lafaiete. Later huge amounts of gold were found near the city itself.


Culture Today, São João del-Rei is a university town. The campus of the Federal University of São João del-Rei (UFSJ) and a number of other educational institutions are present in the city. A second medical school is to be established at the University.

The city has many famous religious festivals through the year, most of them preserving the way it was celebrated by the time of the foundation, with baroque music and special celebrations that attracts tourists from all over the world, particularly during Holy Week, when the town receives the greatest influx of visitors.


Economy: Tourist Industry The city is 12 km from Tiradentes. Other historical cities in Minas Gerais are Ouro Preto, Diamantina, Mariana, Congonhas and Sabará.


Cathedrals and churches • Catedral Basílica Nossa Senhora do Pilar (1721), a Minor Basilica, dedicated to Our Lady of the Pillar, the episcopal seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of São João del Rei. • Our Lady of Rosário (1720) • Our Lady of Carmo (1733) • Our Lady of Mercês e Bonfim (1769) • São Francisco de Assis (1774) • Santo Antônio (Senhor dos Montes neighborhood) • Nossa Senhora da Piedade do Bom Despacho


Sport The city is home to Athletic Club (1909), an association football team that plays in the First Division of Campeonato Mineiro, along with Cruzeiro, Atlético and América.


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 characterised by woodburning steam locomotives, 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 the well preserved colonial town of Tiradentes.

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São João del-Rei has a population of over 90,225 people. São João del-Rei also forms the centre of the wider São João del-Rei District which has a population of over 188,356 people. It is also a part of the larger Barbacena area.

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Twin Towns - Sister Cities São João del-Rei has links with:

🇧🇷 Poços de Caldas, Brazil
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Antipodal to São João del-Rei is: 135.75,21.133

Locations Near: São João del-Rei -44.25,-21.1333

🇧🇷 Barbacena -43.767,-21.214 d: 50.9  

🇧🇷 Conselheiro Lafaiete -43.783,-20.65 d: 72.4  

🇧🇷 Lavras -44.999,-21.243 d: 78.6  

🇧🇷 Campo Belo -45.277,-20.898 d: 109.8  

🇧🇷 Ouro Preto -43.5,-20.383 d: 114.2  

🇧🇷 Juiz de Fora -43.343,-21.758 d: 116.8  

🇧🇷 Ibirité -44.06,-20.021 d: 125.3  

🇧🇷 Betim -44.183,-19.967 d: 129.9  

🇧🇷 Divinópolis -44.883,-20.133 d: 129.3  

🇧🇷 Nova Lima -43.833,-19.983 d: 135  

Antipodal to: São João del-Rei 135.75,21.133

🇯🇵 Uruma 127.85,26.367 d: 19023  

🇯🇵 Ginowan 127.78,26.279 d: 19022.7  

🇯🇵 Nago 127.978,26.592 d: 19019  

🇯🇵 Naha 127.702,26.199 d: 19021  

🇯🇵 Itoman 127.65,26.117 d: 19021.5  

🇯🇵 Okinawa City 127.793,26.343 d: 19019.8  

🇯🇵 Urasoe 127.734,26.254 d: 19020.3  

🇯🇵 Tomigusuku 127.667,26.15 d: 19021  

🇯🇵 Okinawa 127.809,26.409 d: 19017  

🇯🇵 Makishi 127.667,26.2 d: 19018  

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