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Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar

Travessa Lauro Barbosa 16 | Bairro do Pilar, Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais 35400-000, Brazil
+55 31 3551 4736
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Extraordinarily beautiful church near the heart of town

It has exuberant ornamentation inside and has a Sacred Art Museum in the rear. I rested in a pew to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
LisandroVoyager
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Incredible Wealth of Interesting Art and Decoration

We found a very capable English speaking guide outside the church and this really heightened our... read more

Reviewed 21 June 2017
ed-TO
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Toronto, Canada
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This baroque style church is very lavish inside, reflecting a period in which religious orders competed with each other to build the richest church.
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  • Very good26%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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Travessa Lauro Barbosa 16 | Bairro do Pilar, Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais 35400-000, Brazil
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It has exuberant ornamentation inside and has a Sacred Art Museum in the rear. I rested in a pew to absorb the ornamentation. In order to enter one must buy a ticket in the ticket office steps away in the narrow plaza it faces. Note...More

Thank LisandroVoyager
Reviewed 21 June 2017

We found a very capable English speaking guide outside the church and this really heightened our experience. He pointed out the incredible variety of architectural and artistic variety within the Basilica, talking about the origins of the images and the artisans who made them. The...More

Thank ed-TO
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

The richest church in Ouro Preto! Amazing. Hire a guide to explain details about the architecture and history . A must.

Thank annapsi2003
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

First word is WOAH on entering!! Gold, Gold and Gold!! Can't take photos inside, but if you meet another person who's been here your for sure remember this place!

Thank Senhorpowers
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Beautiful church even though it needs serious TLC. Friendly people to provide explanations and details.

Thank Pierre M
Reviewed 29 June 2016

You pay to stay no more than 10 minutes inside. Would not go back, unless you are a sacred art lover.

Thank thiagop1982
Reviewed 15 June 2016

We visited the beautiful village of Ouro Preto with a purpose of shopping, and can you shop! But also you can tour. The history dates back to the time Portugal came to Brasil, because of gold being present in the area. But there are also...More

1  Thank jackson97
Reviewed 7 May 2016

424 kilos of gold leaf, incredible paintings and sculptures, incredible artifacts still used in services to this day! A must see!

Thank Grantedwards358
Reviewed 2 April 2016

Make sure that you have a good guide! When the churches in Ouro Preto were built, Portugal had banned most of the Catholic orders from Brazil so that they did not educate the natives and make them less likely to slave away. Thus most of...More

1  Thank trifectatraveler
Reviewed 7 March 2016 via mobile

The church is beautiful and is also some kind of a museum. Unfortunately it has no English translation for the written explained at all the exposed stuff which is there. But still it's nice to just watch and wonder around, or work on you Portuguese...More

Thank Jurre S
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