Tourism in Santa Catarina: Cultural and historical sites
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Tourism in Santa Catarina: Cultural and historical sites

cultura y lugares históricos

Previously, we presented the top 7 Santa Catarina travel ideas. Let’s see the most visited cultural and historical sites in Santa Catarina to finish the Tourism in Santa Catarina series.

Cultural and historical sites in Santa Catarina: Memories

Although the main tourist attractions of the state are related to nature, the cultural and historical sites of Santa Catarina are symbols of its rich heritage. The colonization of several countries resulted in architecture and customs that remains to this day.


Museu Histórico de Santa Catarina – Santa Catarina Historical Museum

Located in the Cruz e Sousa Palace, the museum has been operating since 1986 but the construction of the place dates back to 17th century. The museum already received illustrious visits such as D. Pedro I in 1826. Nowadays the museum has a collection of furniture, utensils, and work of art of its past rulers. It often receives some exhibitions.

Museu de Arqueologia Costão do Santinho – Costão do Santinho Archaeological Open-air Museum

It is an open-air museum, situated on Santinho Beach shorty. Its rock inscriptions date back approximately 4.000 years, vestiges of prehistoric civilizations.

Santo Antônio de Lisboa

It’s the oldest neighborhood on the island, located in the northern region. The colonial architecture from XVIII century still preserved and the locals still maintain the customs and quiet climate of a small village. According to TripAdvisor, Santo Antônio de Lisboa is the most visited place in Florianópolis.

Ribeirão da Ilha

Ribeirão also has a seaside set of preserved colonial constructions from XVIII century. It’s the second oldest neighborhood in the city, after Santo Antônio, but nowadays it is considered the most traditional neighborhood. Ribeirão is a reference in mollusks cultivation in Brazil.

Fortaleza de São José da Ponta Grossa – São José da Ponta Grossa Fortress

Located between Forte Beach and Jurerê Beach, in Florianópolis north region. Dated from 1740 to protect Florianópolis, the fortress was occupied by Spaniards in 1777 and emptied out in the following year. In the Federalist Riograndense Revolution, it was occupied by rebels and abandoned in the late XIX century. Nowadays it is restored, protected by the National Historic and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN) and open daily to the public visitation.

Mercado Público de Florianópolis – Florianópolis Public Market

Its origin took place in the fairgrounds and greengrocers in the 1790’s. After many twists and turns, the first Mercado Público wing was ready in 1899 and the second only in 1931. Nowadays, it has shops of clothing, food, utensils and crafts, live music and a Tourist Information Centre.

Casa da Alfândega – Alfândega House

Located next to Mercado Público, Casa da Alfândega is a construction of neo-classic architectural style, built 24 years before Mercado Público. Nowadays it houses the Casa da Alfândega Artisans’ Association, where sells and exhibits local handicrafts.

Ponte Hercílio Luz – Hercílio Luz Bridge

The bridge of Art Deco style was the first connection between Florianópolis Island and the mainland. It is the largest suspension bridge in Brazil, inaugurated in 1926 and it’s considered the highlight of Florianópolis. It’s closed for restoration since 1991 and is expected to reopen in the second half of 2018. There is a lookout near Parque da Luz (Luz Park) where you can see the bridge from above and Beira-Mar Norte.

Catedral Metropolitana de Florianópolis – Florianópolis Metropolitan Cathedral

The Cathedral is dedicated to Our Lady of Desterro. It began to be constructed in the middle of 1750 but after several reforms, only in 1908 took the present day form. The Cathedral was built in the same place of Our Lady of Desterro Church, where the Florianópolis founder, Francisco Dias Velho, was assassinated by English pirates in 1687.


Governador Celso Ramos

Fortaleza de Santa Cruz de Anhatomirim – Santa Cruz de Anhatomirim Fortress

The fortress stands on Anhatomirim Island, near Governador Celso Ramos. It was built in 1739 to protect Florianópolis but was also important in several episodes of Brazilian history such as Spanish Invasion in 1777, Paraguayan War (1865-1870), Federalist Riograndense Revolution (1892-1865), World War I (1914-1918) and the Constitutionalist Revolution in 1932. Nowadays it has cultural activities and receives thousands of tourists annually.


Museu da Cerveja – Beer Museum

It’s one of the main tourist attractions in Blumenau and is included in the Beer Route. In its collection, there are pieces, equipment used in the brewing, photographs, documents, and texts that tell the history of local breweries, for example, the old brewery Feldman. The Brahma’s collection can also be found there.

Museu da Família Colonial – Museum of the Colonial Family

This museum was planned by the grand-niece of Dr. Blumenau, the founder of Blumenau city. It’s made up of three houses dating from the XIX century and listed as Historic Patrimony of Santa Catarina. In the collection, there are furniture, utensils and personal objects of the first settlers of the city.

Teatro Carlos Gomes – Carlos Gomes Theater

The theater was founded in 1939 and nowadays, besides theater activities, it functions as a convention center and school of ballet, music, and orchestra. It has the capacity for up to 1500 people and attracts tourists due to its architecture and because it is Blumenau cultural symbol.

Parque Vila Germânica – Vila Germânica Park

Vila Germânica Park has a large event center, restaurants, souvenir shops, regional products, typical handicrafts and is open to the public all year round. It’s famous for hold the Oktoberfest, the largest German festival in the Americas.


Museu Nacional de Imigração e Colonização – Immigration and Colonization National Museum

The museum is situated in the Joinville Maison mansion and was built in 1870. To this day it houses memories, stories, and objects related to immigration and colonization in southern Brazil.

Estação da Memória

It is the former Joinville Railway Station. Built in 1906, this was an important railway in Brazil. Nowadays it’s a space for leisure, culture, and education. Monthly hosts the “Saturday at the Station”, with a flea market, art fair, handicraft and cultural presentations. Its architecture is half-timbered.

Treze Tílias

Museu Ministro Andreas Thaler – Minister Andreas Thaler Museum

Built in the 1930s, the museum is also known as “Castelinho” (Small Castle) and its architecture is a landmark of Austrian immigration. Its collection is varied, with objects, art pieces, work utensils and rooms that show what life was like 87 years ago in Santa Catarina.

Jaraguá do Sul

Museu Wolfgang Weege – Wolfgang Weege Museum

The museum is part of Malwee Park, which also has restaurants, kiosks, areas for sports, lagoon where you can practice water sports and pedal boats, trails and lots of nature. The Wolfgang Weege Museum complex includes Museum II, a 1930’s half-timbered house with indigenous heritage and fragments of theology, Museum I, a 1940’s colonial-style house with a collection of coins, banknotes, phones and pieces of technology from the early XX century, and the Bertha Weege Popular Culture Space, which houses artworks from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

São Francisco do Sul

Museu Nacional do Mar – National Museum of the Sea

The museum values the fishing culture, still very present in Santa Catarina coastline. Its structure it has an auditorium, craft shop, coffee shop, restaurant, yard, library and its collection have boat models and modeling pieces.


Museu Casa do Imigrante Carl Weege – House Museum of Carl Weege, the Immigrant.

Its architecture is half-timbered and typical German decoration. The museum has an exhibition of old furniture and utensils, a water wheel, a ranch with milling and sugar cane and the square Lauro Guenther.

Portal Sul

Portal Sul is a welcome tourist portal, the symbol of Pomerode town. Portal Sul houses the Pomerode Secretariat of Tourism and Culture and a Tourist Information Centre. It’s possible to take pictures using the typical German costumes and buy local handicrafts.

Rota do Enxaimel – Half-timbered/Enxaimel Route

Enxaimel Route in Pomerode is one of the largest of its kind outside Germany. There are 50 half-timbered constructions on a 16 km route, surrounded by rural beauties. In this route, there is residences, lodging facilities, restaurants, city tours and much more!


Mercado Público de Itajaí – Itajaí Public Market

Opened in 1917, it is also known as Mercado Velho (Old Market). It is the main tourist and entertainment center of the city, with typical gastronomy, Brazilian popular music, and artisan products, perfect for those who like the bohemian style.

Paróquia Santíssimo Sacramento – Parish of the Blessed Sacrament

It was inaugurated in 1955, built in neo-gothic and Romanesque style. Its structure has a stained glass with Eucharistic themes and paintings by Italian artists.

Although the full list of cultural and historical sites in Santa Catarina is much more extensive, we presented the most popular ones among tourists. See you later!



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