Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Monte Serrat Hill

Monte Serrat Hill is one of the highest points in Santos. You have the most breath-taking view of Santos up there! 

You can take a ride on the funicular or climb up on foot (there are 415 steps!). There are two funiculars, one that goes to the top of the hill and the other one to the bottom. The funicular has a single set of tracks going up the whole hill except for a small section in the middle where it splits into a double track. This is where the two funiculars pass each other. The view is really amazing and I took many pictures and a picture of a canyon.

On the top of Monte Serrat Hill there are the Monte Serrat Chapel, a big cafe, a shop which sells souvenirs, candles, saint statues, a room with concave and convex mirrors, etc. It is very funny to see yourself on the mirrors!  In the nineteenth century there was a casino on the hill, which was disabled and nowadays it is a cafe, which is used for events. 

Our Lady of Monte Serrat, who is the patron saint of the city, to whom is attributed many miracles, is in the chapel. She was the saint who saved Santos Village from a Netherland pirate attack in 1615 and saved Araguary boat from a shipwreck, in 1926. Our Lady of Monte Serrat Sanctuary has the Miracle room, full of pieces in gratitude to the blessings. Every year there is a celebration of Her day, on September 8th.

The day we went there was not good, so the real beauty of the place cannot be seen properly. This is a wonderful trip! I hope you like it! Enjoy!































12 comments:

  1. Wonderful pictures. The views look amazing. What a fantastic trip to make.

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    1. Hello Molly! Nice to see you! I'm glad you like the pictures!

      There was a terrible storm here and we lost connection here.

      Have a lovely week!

      Sandra

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  2. The view of Santos is indeed breathtaking. I would like to go up the mountain on that funicular railway rather than climb the steps and it would be different and exciting. Hope your connection is back. Mine keeps coming and going, but not due to storms, which I can imagine are disruptive, as is our heavy snowfalls here.

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  3. Thanks Linda! I'm pleased that you enjoyed to see the pictures of my hometown.! Yes, it is very tiring to climb up the steps. I did it when I was 11 years old, which many years ago :)

    The hot weather brings thunderstorms and the streets were flooded. The was a lightning that hit the power box and we lost connection the whole day yesterday. Yesterday night there was another one.

    Snowfalls are very dangerous too. I hope everbody is safe at home.

    Have a lovely Friday.

    Sandra

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    1. Thank you House with Hearts! Have a lovely weekend!!

      Sandra

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  5. Ha Sandra wonderful it is there, 450 still occur but the cable car ...
    stores also look always nice ........
    your photo, s are wonderful, beautiful vistas ...... beautiful it is there.
    I can read Sandra.
    I wish a good weekend.
    dear greeting Christiene.

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  6. Hello Christiene,

    Thank you for your kind words! It is a beautiful view from there!

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Sandra

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  7. It looks wonderful, such fantastic views.

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    1. Thank you Jo! Nice to see you!!

      Cheers, Sandra

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  8. Loved seeing the pictures as my son has been to Brazil a number of times. Like how bright and clean looking the train station is.

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    1. Thank you Barbara! Where did your so visit?

      Cheers, Sandra

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