Laranjeiras in Sergipe has been listed by the historical heritage and has museums and churches, such as the church of Nossa Senhora da Conceiҫão which is one of the monuments of greatest cultural value in Sergipe.

Laranjeiras is a city listed by the National Institute of Historical and Artistic Heritage – IPHAN, since 1996. In the municipality, visitors can visit houses, secular churches, folkloric manifestations of various, a rich handicraft and many other beauties. It is worth checking out.

Laranjeiras tourist attractions

1. Matriz Sagrado Coração de Jesus Church

located in Praça da Matriz, where the current urban centre of the city originated. Built in the second half of the 18th century, it was the first church dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Brazil.

In Sergipe, it was the seat of the aristocratic Brotherhood of the Holy Sacrament.

The panel on the ceiling of the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, depicting the Heart of Jesus, is attributed to the Bahian painter José Teófilo de Jesus.

Although the church has undergone several renovations that have contributed to some de-characterisation, it retains its original features. Building listed by IPHAN. Location: Centre

2. Nossa Senhora da Conceição da Comandaroba Church

In 1731, on the banks of the Cotinguiba River, the Jesuits inaugurated their second residence in Laranjeiras; a simpler construction than the first.

The temple has the same characteristics as other Jesuit buildings in the Northeast.

Its limestone portico and crossing arch bear monograms confirming its origins and those of its patron saint, the Virgin of the Conception.

Probably one of the last buildings of the priests of the Society of Jesus in Sergipe, who were expelled from the colony in 1759 and had their property confiscated by the Portuguese government.
Location: Rural area, approximately 1 km from the city centre.

3. Casa do Engenho Retiro and Chapel of Santo Antônio

The Jesuits began on the banks of the São Pedro River, at the end of the 17th century, the construction of the first residence in Laranjeiras. Inaugurated in 1701, it was called Retiro, probably this name originated in occurrence of the solitude of the place.

Attached to the old residence is the Church of Santo Antônio and Nossa Senhora das Neves, remodelled in the first half of the 19th century.

The building is listed by IPHAN. Location: Rural area, approximately 01 km from the city centre.

4. Chapel of Engenho Jesus, Maria e José

Built in 1769, the chapel is in ruins. The altar, a historic property listed by IPHAN, was removed and is now in the Church of Senhor do Bonfim.Location: Rural area, located on private property with difficult access.

Nossa Senhora do Rosário e São Benedito Church: built by blacks in the mid-19th century, the church was the site of traditional celebrations such as the Festa de Reis and Rainha da Taieira, the latter a praise directed to São Benedito and Rosário, protectors of slaves.

The rites of Cacumbi, Taieira, Chegança and São Gonçalo are still held in the church today, making it the stage for the biggest folklore festivals in Larajeir. Location: Centre

5. Gruta da Pedra Furada

Limestone formation that served as a refuge for the natives of the region, is located in the middle of the forest.

The Jesuits held masses there during the Dutch invasion. Listed by the Government of the State of Sergipe. Location: Povoado Machado

6. Terreiro Filhos de Obá

Nagô terreiro listed by the state government.

7. Nosso Senhor do Bonfim Church

built in the 19th century, the church houses the cemetery of the Brotherhood of Bonfim in the back. Its wooden altar was destroyed during a fire, and the altar of the Jesus, Mary, Joseph Church was put in its place.

From the top of the hill, where it is located, you have a complete view of the Cotinguiba Valley. Location: Centre

8. Gruta da Matriana

A place used as a refuge and for prayers by the Jesuit priests, preserves inside paintings made by the artist Horácio Hora. Location: Vila do Faleiro, difficult to access

9. Municipal Market

19th century building with Gothic features. It received goods coming through the Cotinguiba River. It still operates on Saturdays for the local market. Location: Centre

10. Trapiche

19th century building, where the sugar production of the mills was stored. Slaves were also disembarked and housed there while waiting for their masters. Currently, the Campus of the Federal University of Sergipe is located there.

11. Bom Jesus dos Navegantes Church

the church, built at the beginning of the 20th century, is the site of the annual procession of Bom Jesus dos Navegantes, a traditional religious festival of the city. Location: Alto do Bom Jesus, s/n (city entrance)

12. Nossa Senhora da Conceição dos Pardos Church

Built in the 19th century by brown men, the church became a centre of devotion to Our Lady of the Conception.

Emperor Dom Pedro II, when visiting it, made donations to complete the works. Location: Centre

13. Sant’Aninha Chapel

Built in the old gunpowder deposit of Sítio Sant’Aninha, it was one of the richest private chapels in the Northeast. Location: Solar Sant’Aninha, s/n – Rural area (on private property).

14. Presbyterian Church

Located on Rua Tobias Barreto (centre), was inaugurated on 19 November 1899 after a series of incidents between Catholics and Protestants that began in 1844 and worsened when the American pastor Alexander Latiner Blackford, after visits to Laranjeiras, founded in 1884 the first Presbyterian Church in Sergipe, on Rua Comandaroba in Laranjeiras.

Until today the church maintains all its activities. Location: Centre

15. Museum of Sacred Art

Founded in 1980 to preserve the great sacred collection of the municipality. It is the second most important in the state. Location: Centre

16. Afro-Brazilian Museum of Sergipe

Exhibition of pieces linked to Afro-Brazilian culture and its influence on the religious syncretism of our people. Here are catalogued objects of religious cults, photographs, screens and documents. Location: Centre

17. Casa de Cultura João Ribeiro

Birthplace of the first immortal writer from Sergipe of the Brazilian Academy of Letters. The João Ribeiro Museum currently houses items belonging to the illustrious writer, philologist and folklorist.
Location: Centre

18. Caves

Today, with 16 caves, Laranjeiras is considered the lowland city with the largest number of caves in Brazil.

The first stage of the project has already been carried out and will now be developed with the search for partnerships between the municipal and federal governments.

Five caves are available for visitation. In this project, people from the community were prepared to work on these visitation routes.

Festivals and Cultural Events

Cultural Festival of Laranjeiras

  • Description: Held annually in January, this festival is one of the most important cultural events in the region, celebrating the city’s rich cultural heritage.
  • Activities: The festival features traditional music, dance, theater performances, folklore presentations, and art exhibitions.
  • Highlights: Performances of maracatu, reisado, and other traditional dances, as well as displays of local crafts and cuisine.

How to Get There

  • By Car: Laranjeiras is located about 20 kilometers from Aracaju, the capital of Sergipe, and is easily accessible by car via the SE-170 highway.
  • By Bus: There are regular bus services from Aracaju to Laranjeiras.
  • By Plane: The nearest airport is Santa Maria Airport in Aracaju. From there, you can take a bus or rent a car to reach Laranjeiras.

Exploring Laranjeiras offers a unique combination of historical, cultural, and natural attractions that make it a fascinating destination for travelers interested in Brazil’s rich heritage.