Minas Gerais

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  • 1. Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil

    Funcionários | Museum/Gallery

    One of the largest cultural centers in Brazil, the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB) hosts a well-curated series of exhibitions, music...Read More

  • 2. Conjunto Arquitetônico da Pampulha

    Pampulha | Museum/Gallery

    Oscar Niemeyer designed this modern 1940s complex, one of Belo Horizonte's don't-miss sights. On the banks of Lagoa da Pampulha, the Conjunto...Read More

  • 3. Igreja da Nossa Senhora do Carmo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    With works by noted artists Ataíde and Aleijadinho, Our Lady of Carmel Church is noteworthy for its impressive facade and sculpted soapstone...Read More

  • 4. Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The impressive Our Lady of Carmel Church, completed in 1776, contains the last works of notable Brazilian sculptor Aleijadinho. It was originally...Read More

  • 5. Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Pilar

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Local lore has it that 400 pounds of gold and silver leaf were used to cover the interior of Ouro Preto's most richly decorated church, built...Read More

  • 6. Igreja de São Francisco de Assis

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Considered the masterpiece of Brazilian sculptor Aleijadinho, this church was begun in 1766 by the Franciscan Third Order but wasn't completed...Read More

  • 7. Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    João Fernandes de Oliveira, one of the wealthiest individuals in colonial Brazil, had the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel built as a gift...Read More

  • 8. Matriz de Nossa Senhora da Conceição

    Sabará | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The ornate Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, though small, is Sabará's main church and an outstanding example of Portuguese baroque...Read More

  • 9. Matriz de Santo Antônio

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A celebration of baroque architecture, the Church of Santo Antônio is the one not to miss in Tiradentes. Built in 1710, it contains well-preserved...Read More

  • 10. Mercado Central


    In the more than 400 stores in this beautiful old market dating from 1929 you can find typical products from Minas Gerais such as cheese, guava...Read More

  • 11. Mercado Municipal de Diamantina


    Diamantina's central market takes place on Saturday, and showcases amazing crafts from the region, including ceramic dolls from the Jequitinhonha...Read More

  • 12. Museu da Inconfidência

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

    One of the best historical museums in Brazil, this former 18th-century prison and onetime city hall has great interactive computer and television...Read More

  • 13. Palácio da Liberdade

    Funcionários | Museum/Gallery

    Built in 1898, the French-style Liberdade Palace is the former headquarters of the Minas Gerais government. Today, it is the main venue of the...Read More

  • 14. Palácio das Artes

    Centro | Library/Archive

    Designed by Oscar Niemeyer and built in 1970, the Palace of the Arts is the most important cultural center in Belo Horizonte, comprising three...Read More

  • 15. Parque das Águas de Caxambu

    Hot Spring

    Towering trees, shimmering ponds, and fountains containing various minerals—each believed to cure a different ailment—fill the Parque das Águas...Read More

  • 16. Parque Natural do Caraça

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Waterfalls, natural pools, and caves—among them Gruta do Centenário, one of the world's largest quartzite caves—fill this rugged park whose...Read More

  • 17. Santuário de Bom Jesus do Matosinho

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Dominating the small Gold Town of Congonhas do Campo is the crowning effort of renowned sculptor Aleijadinho: the hilltop pilgrimage church...Read More

  • 18. Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The charming Our Lady of the Conception church, decorated in unique rose and blue pastels, was completed in 1760. It contains the tomb of Aleijadinho...Read More

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