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Brazil world heritage addition

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3 August 2010

The addition of the Praça de São Francisco, or São Francisco square, in the city of São Cristovão in the northeastern state of Sergipe, brings to 18 the number of Brazilian sites inscribed on the list.

The square was built between the end of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th centuries, and it is hoped it’s addition to the list will increase tourism to the little-known state located between Bahia and Alagoas, where tourism is in its infancy.

In a statement, UNESCO said: "São Francisco Square, in the town of São Cristovão, is a quadrilateral open space surrounded by substantial early buildings such as São Francisco Church and convent, the Church and Santa Casa da Misericórdia, the Provincial Palace and the associated houses of different historical periods surrounding the Square.

This monumental ensemble, together with the surrounding 18th- and 19th-century houses, creates an urban landscape which reflects the history of the town since its origin. The Franciscan complex is an example of the typical architecture of the religious order developed in north-eastern Brazil."

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