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Bom Jesus Sanctuary and Church, Itu

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#4 of 9 in Historic Sites in Itu
Religious Site Tourist Spot
One of Itu's most beautiful examples of colonial architecture, the Baroque Bom Jesus Sanctuary and Church will mesmerize you with its detailed religious art. From the outside, take note of the the statues of Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John gazing skyward. Inside, pay special attention to the columns of the church's basilica, which mimic those of the Church of St. John in Rome. The origins of Bom Jesus Sanctuary and Church date back to the 17th century, and it was rebuilt between 1763 and 1765. The church has not undergone major restoration since, so it stands as an authentic piece of colonial heritage. You should have no trouble locating Bom Jesus Sanctuary and Church on the Praca Padre Ancieta in the center of Itu. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Bom Jesus Sanctuary and Church by using our Itu travel itinerary maker.
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  • I was impressed with the beauty of this church in Itu. I didn't expect to find something like this in the city. Beautiful stained glass Windows, pictures, paintings, etc. A "treasure" to be visited. Being in town, be sure to go. Is very worthwhile!
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  • ITU has several beautiful churches, but this certainly is the most beautiful of all, both inside and out! I was amazed to come! Needs some repairs, but still never ceases to impress for details so well made. Well worth a visit,
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  • ITU considered the Rome Brazilian by large number of centenarian iguejas in the municipality. The Bom Jesus is very beautiful but it's the National Shrine of the sacred heart of Jesus. With beautiful stained glass that shine with sunlight and Baroque style and beautiful pieces of sculpture.
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Much of Itu's accommodations lie in the city center, in the form of larger, upscale hotels that provide pools, fine dining, and plenty of the amenities you'd expect from well-known chains. While these tend to feature higher prices, they offer easy access to the attractions in the city center. Budget travelers should keep an eye out for smaller family-run guesthouses and hotels scattered around the historic core. To escape the bustle of the city center, consider staying in the surrounding countryside. Though you'll need some form of transportation to get to and fro, staying in the outskirts puts you close to some of the region's numerous plantation-style homes, many of which date back to the 18th century.
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