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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TripAdvisor
  • Another great work of Aleijadinho. The whole interior is in the works so it has not been possible to meet. But transmitted grandeur and mystery in the rainy night when we met.
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  • This Basilica is a must, if you're a fan of sacred works and sculptures. It was exciting to be near immortal works of master Aleijadinho, touching them and photograph to your side. I couldn't go into the Basilica because it is undergoing restoration at this time (January/2017), but it was worth it to be able to see all this artistic set up close. After the visit, you can buy a souvenir in the shops next to the Basilica, for very affordable prices. Be sure to visit.
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  • Was closed (the Church is in the works), but it's worth a visit just for the view outside and the small chapels depicting the passion of Christ along the slope in front of the Church.
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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.