Minas Gerais

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Basílica de Lourdes

    Lourdes | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Conceived when the capital was founded but only inaugurated in 1923, Our Lady of Lourdes Church was elevated to the category of basilica by...Read More

  • 10. Catedral Basílica da Sé

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The cathedral, completed in 1760, is best known for its 1701 German organ, built by Arp Schnitger. Transported by mule from Rio de Janeiro in...Read More

  • 11. Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In the Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo grand interior there are some beautiful and colorful stained glass windows with motifs related to the...Read More

  • 12. Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Ó

    Sabará | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Our Lady of Ó Church, one of Brazil's oldest and smallest churches contains paintings said to have been completed by 23 Chinese artists brought...Read More

  • 13. Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The small, intriguing Church of Our Lady of the Rosary of the Blacks was inaugurated by slaves in 1785, some of whom bought their freedom with...Read More

  • 14. Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos

    Sabará | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In the main square sits the unfinished Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos, circa 1767, which was built, like its counterpart in Ouro...Read More

  • 15. Igreja de Santa Efigênia

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    On a hill east of Praça Tiradentes, this interesting slave church was built over the course of 60 years (1730–90) and was funded by Chico-Rei...Read More

  • 16. Igreja Matriz

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A center of religious activity and one of the few non-stone buildings in São Thomé, Igreja Matriz is in São Thomé's main square and contains...Read More

  • 17. Templo da Eubiose

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This temple is dedicated to wisdom and perfection through yoga. The Eubiose, a group of New Age spiritualists, similar to European Theosophists...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

  • 19. Igreja de São Francisco de Assis

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Although the 1793 Igreja de São Francisco de Assis has soapstone pulpits and altars by Aleijadinho, its most impressive works are the sacristy...Read More

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