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Cidade Velha
Cidade Velha
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Cidade Velha

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Created: 30th Aug 2007
Modified: 4th Sep 2008
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Historical; Architecture
Cost:
25% expensive

Cidade Velha means "Old City," and its antiquity has elevated its status as a recently declared Unesco World Heritage site.  Founded in 1462, it was the first European settlement in the tropics.  The city was a key station for the transatlantic slave trade.

 There are remains of an old cathedral, constructed in 1693, and the old town square where slaves were kept. There is a canyon from which tourists can see a magnificent view.  Hikers can also climb up the cliffside fort, Fortaleza Real de São Filipe, for an even better sight.

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