Beautiful, wonderful is the sky. Of great vastness with sumptuous and mutant clouds. Every evening is a celebration of the setting sun. Yellow, orange, red, violet, blue; intense fire and deep shadows; pure white and lead gray. Super-romantic moonlight and skies dotted with stars. With some luck, you will see a flying saucer (for this, you may need a little imagination, who knows …).

Goiania is lovely. A sense of unusual largeness and freedom, wonderful parks, wide avenues, large squares and small squares, pleasant streets, trees everywhere, bougainvillea in bloom.

Populated by migrants from the interior of the states of Minas Gerais, Bahia, Tocantins, Maranhão, São Paulo and Pará, Goiânia also had strong contribution of Arab immigration, especially Syrians and Lebanese, who were integrated into the city without abandoning their traditions. Despite religious and cultural plurality, coexistence remained harmonious, guided by tolerance and respect.

In the 1960s, the development of Goiânia gained momentum. Two major universities, the Catholic and the Federal, were created, new neighborhoods emerged and urban infrastructure was expanded. Today, led by the “agribusiness”, different productive activities keep Goiânia on the top.

SURROUNDINGS

Even having to travel 140 km from Goiânia, it is worth to hit the road and get to know Goiás, also known as City of Goiás or Goiás Velho (Old Goiás), a jewel of historic-cultural tradition of Brazil and the world, recognized as World Heritage by UNESNO.

The old Vila Boa de Goiás was born in 1727 by action of Bartolomeu Bueno da Silva, who sought gold in the region. In 1748, the town became ‘capital’ of the newly created Captaincy of Goiás. Several buildings erected in that time have been preserved and it is at the Historical Center that time travel starts.

You do not need to enter its beautiful museums and churches to feel the atmosphere of the city, which is reflected in the many houses of colonial and imperial periods. However, be sure to visit the churches of São Francisco de Paula (St. Francis of Paula) and de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, the Museu de Arte Sacra, Museu das Bandeiras and the Palácio Conde dos Arcos, former seat of government of the captaincy.

Another must see is the Casa de Cora Coralina, where the poetess was born and lived. The house has been maintained as if Cora still lived there, next to the bridge of the Rio Vermelho (the Red River).