Maceió culture

Maceió is more than its pretty beaches and white sands. Other than beautiful sceneries in the city, its culture is something that will fascinate its visitors as well.

Historic Architectural Structures

The capital of Alagoas, Maceió has a number of old colonial buildings preserved to showcase the rich history and culture of the city. The cathedrals and old churches of Maceió, in particular, will provide tourists with an interesting glimpse of the city’s past.

The Church of Bom Jesus dos Martirios for one is a prominent structure for its neo-gothic, baroque, and classic architecture from the 19th Century. The church of Nossa Senhora do Livramento and Metropolitan Cathedral are among the most visited spots in northeastern Brazil as well.

Formerly the biggest port in Maceió and the region, the district of Jaragua is where one can find many architectural sites in the city. Many of the old buildings and warehouses though were transformed into restaurants and bars.


As the cultural capital of the state, the city of Maceió has a number of outstanding museums that’s worth checking out especially for first-time visitors. One of the city’s most famous museums is the Theo Brando Museum which showcases a wide collection of historical, native, folkloric artifacts. It also features pieces from Old Europe, Central America, and Africa.

For art enthusiasts, the Pierre Chalita Museum and the Brazilian Art Museum display work art of the county’s past and present artists, respectively.


Music lovers can enjoy Maceió music in many of its bars, restaurants, pubs, nightclubs, and even in concerts, street festivals, churches, and private gatherings. Its music is basically that of Brazilian style.

Saint John Festival

Also referred to as Festa Junina, the St. John Festival was introduced in Brazil’s northeastern area by the Portuguese on June 24. It is one of the city’s oldest and most famous feasts of the year. The celebration kicks off on June 12 and lasts for 15 days. During these days, fireworks, folk dancing, and bonfires surround the city streets. Local dishes are served as well.

Gogó da Ema

A famous palm tree that has a crooked trunk forming like a letter N, Gogó da Ema, which fell on July 27, 1955, at 2:20 PM has already become a symbol of the city’s tourism and culture. Because of this, much folkloric art and music in northeastern Brazil had made mention of it.


Maceió is more than just a beach destination. So when heading the city, do not miss to experience its rich and colorful culture, too!