Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas, Congonhas

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Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas is A UNESCO World Heritage Site and an excellent example of Brazilian baroque art. The life-size, soapstone sculptures of the 12 apostles are a sight to be seen, especially considering Aleijadinho lost his hands and had to rely on the help of an apprentice. Follow the cobblestone walkway up the hill, which is lined on both sides by small, plaster “temples”, each dedicated to a saint and whitewashed. Visit the small building to the left of the church where you will see hundreds of gratitude letters from people whose wishes or miracles came true. Some of them even date back to the eighteen hundreds. Take a peek inside the basilica where the altar and set of angels form a harmonious whole. All of this can be seen within a two-hour trip. Arrange for a taxi from Ouro Preto, which will take you a little over one hour, since taking the bus is not practical. Using our world travel planner, Congonhas attractions like Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • If tourists come to Congonhas, it is because of this one attraction. Please make sure you get a guide to explain the details of the works of Aleijadinho. It’s worth knowing the stories behind each... 
    If tourists come to Congonhas, it is because of this one attraction. Please make sure you get a guide to explain the details of the works of Aleijadinho. It’s worth knowing the stories behind each...  more »
  • Came here with friends and family, visiting the church of Bom Jesus deMatosinhos. Aleijadinho did amazing art with the 12 apostles, as well with the statues in the little chaples leading to the... 
    Came here with friends and family, visiting the church of Bom Jesus deMatosinhos. Aleijadinho did amazing art with the 12 apostles, as well with the statues in the little chaples leading to the...  more »
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  • This sanctuary in Minais Gerais, south of Belo Horizonte was built in the second half of the 18th century. It consists of a church with a magnificent Rococo interior of Italian inspiration; an outdoor stairway decorated with statues of the prophets; and seven chapels illustrating the Stations of the Cross, in which the polychrome sculptures by Aleijadinho are masterpieces of a highly original, moving, expressive form of Baroque art.
  • Amazing santuary so many wonderful paintings and sculptures about Christians. You could stay there for hours, seeing each detail...

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