Tourist Attraction in Vila Velha: Convento de Penha
Penha Convent is a convent in Vila Velha, Brazil, on top of a high mountain overlooking the cities of Vitória and Vila Velha. Founded in 1558 by Pedro Palácios, today it is home to the Patron Saint of Espírito Santo, Our Mother of Penha. Many believers make pilgrimages to this site that is surrounded by a green forest oasis. Thanks to its position between two large urban areas, it is also a popular place for recreation on weekends and holidays. It is considered one of the main tourist attractions of the southeastern Brazilian state of Espírito Santo. Every year there is an important feast for the Saint. Where believers dedicate their miles by praying and thanking the Saint. Some have traveled from all over Brazil to get there. Men usually start their walk from the capital Vitoria and end up at the Vila Velha Convent. Women also do the honors and go from the nearest Church (Sanctuary) to the Convent. Inside the Convent there are millions of thank you notes of people who claim to have been treated by Nossa Senhora da Penha. They left many of their notes together with their old disabled chairs and much more. The view from the Convent is one of the most beautiful views. Being able to see the island of Vitoria and the town of Vila Velha is one of the most beautiful beaches along the coast of Brazil called Praia da Costa. Where at the end of the beach, you can also see the Governor's house.