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Monte Serrat, Santos

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To reach the top of Monte Serrat, the second highest mountain in Santos, you can take a ride in a funicular cable car, or climb the 415 steps, which have depictions of the Stations of the Cross at intervals. Once up, you take the stairs to the roof of an old casino-turned-observatory, and at an altitude of 167 m (548 ft), you get a spectacular 360-degree bird’s-eye view of the entire city and harbor. Inside the building, original furnishings remain from when the casino was functional, and there is a collection of old photographs for you to get a true sense of what “old” Santos was like. Also at the top, you will see the Shrine of Our Lady of Monte Serrat, built in 1609, to honor the patron saint of Santos. Once a year, there is "Descida das Escadas de Santos", where you join the locals on a descent of the mountain, via the steps, stopping for food and drink along the way. Steeped in tradition, it is a lively and highly memorable spectacle. Use our Santos sightseeing planner to add Monte Serrat and other attractions to your Santos vacation plans.
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  • So, we didn't use the funicular to go up. My brother-in-law has a friend that lives in the Morro, and so we were granted free entry. The way up was interesting, to say the least. Just don't do it on.....  more
    So, we didn't use the funicular to go up. My brother-in-law has a friend that lives in the Morro, and so we were granted free entry. The way up was interesting, to say the least. Just don't do it on.....  more »
  • The funicular ride to the top saves walking up 450 steps for a great view over Santos. There's a little unimpressive chapel but nothing other than the panoramic view. 
    The funicular ride to the top saves walking up 450 steps for a great view over Santos. There's a little unimpressive chapel but nothing other than the panoramic view.  more »
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  • Beautiful. landscape historical . building .years of history
  • Monte Serrat is on a big hill, surrounded by nature. There are a lot of trees, plants and bushes. It is near the historic center. Depending on the weather, you can have a very good view of the harbor, the waterfront and the open sea. It is also possible to see Guarujá and one part of the Santos canal. On the top of the hill there are two constructions from different times. The church Nossa Senhora de Monte Serrat was built in the beginning of the XVII century, when Brazil was still a colony of Portugal. The other building is the casino Monte Serrat. This cassino began to be built in the beginning of the XX century, but on behalf of the world war, it just finished being built in 1927. This casino was very popular, but in 1946 the government prohibited casinos here in Brazil. Nowadays the building is used for events and parties. It is open to the public. There is a cafeteria inside the building. The construction and the decoration of the place is really pretty. The view of the rooftop is stunning and breathtaking. To go up there you need to take cable car, and to go down, you can use the cable car again or go downstairs. There is a chapel built between 1598 and 1603. The chapel is part of the miracle story in which Joris Von Spielbergen and his crew wanted to attack the village of Monte Serrat. The locals ran away to the chapel to pray to Nossa Senhora de Monte Serrat. They were afraid to die. While the pirates were climbing the mount a rock avalanche started and killed every one of the crew, but Joris didn’t die because he was in the harbor waiting for them. We strongly recommend visiting the place.

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