Basilica do Sr Bom Jesus de Matosinhos, Congonhas
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The historic Basilica do Sr Bom Jesus de Matosinhos is a World Heritage Site, built in the second half of the 18th century. The site, which you can see in the aptly named Praca da Basilica (Square of the Basilica), consists of a church with Rococo interior, an outdoor staircase decorated with statues of the twelve Biblical Prophets, and six chapels with scenes from the Passion of Christ. The sculptures of the Prophets, created by the renowned artist Aleijadinho, are widely considered masterpieces of Baroque art. Make a stop at this national landmark for a lesson in Brazilian art, culture, and history from the early colonial days to the present. The square also offers an unobstructed view of the city and the lush mountains beyond. Plan your Basilica do Sr Bom Jesus de Matosinhos visit and explore what else you can see and do in Congonhas using our Congonhas tour planner.
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  • I was delighted with the details of the work in soapstone. Too bad we didn't get a chance to travel back in time in the interior of the Church, because he was in work. But the way of the cross which is opposite the Church is beautiful. Site maintained
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  • If you don't appreciate art it may be too much of a hike but aleijadinho's sculptures are a treat for anyone who appreciates these finer things. Take note that on Tuesdays the chapels are closed and t...  more »
  • The Church of Bom Jesus de Matosinhos was in works of restoration but it didn't stop our fascination with the holy site. In a chapel attached, can be made oraçãoes and prayers. Worth visiting!
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  • Valeu a pena a visita.
  • Excelente lugar para renovar a fé católica
  • Nice place to relax. From Belo Horizonte one half-day excursion. Unfortunately the was closed due to renovation. Quiet, not crowded
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  • Apesar da atual reforma da nave do santuário e a possibilidade apenas de visualizar seu interior pelo portal de entrada da abadia, a visitação ainda assim, torna-se muito valiosa pelo contato a céu aberto com os profetas esculpidos em pedra sabão por Aleijadinho.