Cidade de Goias
Goias Velho Travel Blog› entry 133 of 177 › view all entries
July 25th, 2008 – by: sissanoel
Arrived in Goias Velho at about 4pm and had a wander around the old cobble-stone streets. Unfortunately, the tourist sites were all closed, as we chose to visit on the one weekend a year when the state capital moves to the town for three days. The governor was due to arrive around the time we did, so lots of security and closed doors. Sampled some lovely ice-cream, though, and wandered past the old houses. Goias is a colonial gold mining town, and became a World Heritage site in 2002. The buildings are all in good condition, and there are lots of plaques noting that various houses were lived in by well-known Brazilian artists, writers and so on. Found our hotel, then walked back into town for dinner (after a siesta) in a little pizzeria. Goias is also famous for its Semana Santa festival around Easter, and particularly the "farriocas" who escort the arrested Christ through the streets. These characters are dressed in Inquisition-style costumes with pointy hoods, looking suspiciously like Klu Klux Klan members. You can buy little models of the farriocas at every shop, and they make interesting tourist souvenirs!
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