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Basílica de Nossa Senhora de Nazaré

  • Fodor's Choice

Published 06/18/2015

Fodor's Review

It's hard to miss this opulent Roman-style basilica—not only does it stand out visually, but there's an enormous samauma tree (kapok variety) filled with screeching white-winged parakeets in the plaza out front. The basilica was built in 1908 as an addition to a 1774 chapel, on the site where a caboclo (rural, riverside dweller) named Placido is said to have seen a vision of the Virgin in the early 1700s. The basilica's ornate interior is constructed entirely of European marble and contains elaborate mosaics, detailed stained-glass windows, and intricate bronze doors.

Sight Information


Praça Justo Chermont, Belém, 66035-140, Brazil


091-4009–8436; 091-4009–8407-museum

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Weekdays 6 am–8 pm, weekends 6–noon and 3–9

Published 06/18/2015


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