Palácio Anchieta
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Palácio Anchieta

Originally constructed by Jesuits as the College of St. James beginning in 1587, Palácio Anchieta has been home to the government of the state of Espírito Santo since the 18th century, making it one of the oldest seats of government in Brazil. Built in the Upper Town on the site of a Jesuit church that burned down in a fire, the building has undergone several major renovations over the centuries. In addition to housing the government, Palácio Anchieta is the site of a memorial to Father José de Anchieta, a founding priest whose remains were lost at sea when the ship transporting him back to Portugal sank. The Palácio is open to the public and has stunning panoramic views of the city and bay.

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