The city of São João del Rei offers a surprising mixture of modernism and vintage barroque architecture from the Portuguese colonial period.
In the 19th century, the city challenged Belo Horizonte for the title of capital of Minas Gerais due to its important economical development.
Today, the city became a major touristic destination of Minas Gerais. Its majestic churches impress visitors and witness of the great talent of the artists of that period in Minas. Its charming old houses, very well-preserved, are turned today into restaurants, shops, museums… The city is knowned to be always very animated and for its folkloric events, celebrations and carnival that attract thousands of tourists every year.