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Tourism in Brazil - 21 - Congonhas - MG


Tourism in Brazil - 21 - Congonhas - MG

Aleijadinho sculpted in soapstone the famous images of the twelve full-size prophets, who are visited annually by thousands of tourists



Congonhas is located 70 km from Belo Horizonte, famous for being part of the Gold Cycle in the country and also for its cultural expression. It was in this city that Antônio Francisco Lisboa, Aleijadinho, built part of one of the most famous and beautiful architectural ensembles of Brazil. In the shrine of Bom Jesus de Matosinhos, Aleijadinho carved the famous images of the twelve full-size prophets that are visited annually by tourists from Brazil and around the world. In addition, the six chapels that make up Jardim dos Passos, in front of the basilica, represent the via Sacra with beautiful images carved in cedar by this great baroque artist. In 1985, this whole set was registered by UNESCO and transformed into the cultural patrimony of humanity. The municipality is also much sought after for its religious festivals, which every year brings together more faithful during the pilgrimages. Whoever visits Congonhas, besides delighting in the historical beauty, can satisfy the appetite with the delicious typical food of Minas Gerais. This city is considered perfect for tourism and leisure, because it brings together art, history, cuisine and beauty in one place. The main attractions of Congonhas are: Basilica Sanctuary of Bom Jesus de Matosinhos, Romaria, Church of Our Lady of Conception, Church of the Rosary, Museum of Image and Memory and Cachoeira Park. Before being the "City of the Prophets", Congonhas was and still is a great center of pilgrimage. Every year, the municipality gathers thousands of faithful in search of healing their afflictions.