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Bom Jesus do Congonhas, Brazil
Bom Jesus do Congonhas, Brazil
Author: Claus Bunks (public domain)





The Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas (also called Santuário do Bom Jesus de Matosinhos) is a religious complex in the state of Minais Gerais, Brazil. It was built on the second half of the 18th century, and comprises a church and seven chapels. The church has a magnificent Rococo interior and an outdoor stairway lined with statues of the prophets. The polychrome sculptures at the seven chapels, which are on the Stations of the Cross, were the work of Brazil's master sculptor Aleijadinho, and were masterpieces of Baroque art.

The Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 9th session of the World Heritage Committee meeting in UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, on 2-6 December, 1985.

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Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas
Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas
Author: Alexandre Machado (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Statue of Prophet Nahum at the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas
Statue of Prophet Nahum at the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas
Author: Luis Rizo (public domain)

Statue of Prophet Ezekiel at the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas
Statue of Prophet Ezekiel at the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas
Author: Luis Rizo (public domain)

Statue of Prophet Habakuh at the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas
Statue of Prophet Habakuh at the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas
Author: Luis Rizo (public domain)
Statue of Prophet Jonah at the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas
Statue of Prophet Jonah at the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas
Author: Luis Rizo (public domain)

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: S 20 29 59 W 43 51 28, in the city of Congohas, in the state of Minas Gerais
Inscription Year: 1985
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, IV

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Visiting Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas

Your base for visiting this World Heritage Site is Sao Paulo, the biggest city in Brazil. From there, you can make the arrangement, either on your own or through a travel agency, to go there. As part of the preparations, here's a list of hotels in Sao Paolo with online booking facility.

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