Congonhas

Located 78 km from Belo Horizonte, and only 49 km from Ouro Preto, Congonhas has an impressive set of baroque richness. In the churchyard of Sanctuary of Bom Jesus de Matosinhos Aleijadinho carved the famous soapstone sculptures of the twelve prophets in actual size. The sculptures attract thousands of tourists from Brazil and around the world year around.

Moreover, the six chapels that make up the Garden in front of the basilica's stairs represent the Stations of the Cross with beautiful carvings in cedar, also by Aleijadinho. In 1985, this whole set was turned into cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO.

Congonhas 1 (1)
Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Matosinhos and the 12 prophets, Congonhas
Congonhas 2 (1)
Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Matosinhos, Congonhas (night view)
Congonhas 3 (1)
One of the Prophets Carved by Aleijadinho : Prophet Hosea
Congonhas 4 (1)
Jardim dos Passos, Congonhas

More information about Congonha’s main attractions is available here

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