St. Louis  is the capital of the state of Maranhão in Brazil. It is the only Brazilian city founded by the French, on September 8, 1612, having been invaded by the Dutch and then colonized by the Portuguese. It is located on the island of Upaon-Açu, between the bays of São Marcos and São José de Ribamar. In 1621, when Brazil was divided into two administrative units — State of Maranhão and State of Brazil — São Luís was the capital of the first administrative unit.

 

The main tourist attractions in São Luís are:

Teatro Artur Azevedo (2nd oldest theater in Brazil), Praça Gonçalves Dias, Church of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, Palace of Lions, Sé Church, Palace of La Ravardière, Museum of Visual Arts, Convento das Mercês, Castelão Stadium, Fonte das Pedras, Odylo Costa Filho Creativity Center, Ribeirão Fountain, Lagoa da Jansen, Bom Menino Park.

 

The main beaches on the island are:

Praia de São Marcos, Calhau, Caôlho, Olho D'água, Ponta D'areia, Praia do Meio, Araçagy and Panaquatira.

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