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“yet another awesome colonial town”

Bom Jesus do Congonhas
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Congonhas City Tour
Ranked #3 of 17 things to do in Congonhas
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Owner description: Built in the 18th century, the church is renowned for its rococo interior.
Reviewed 26 November 2016

Home of Brazil's greatest treasure, not done in gold, but soapstone. twelve prophets of the church in life size, and the Stations of the Cross, done in polychromatic wood.
A walk around the Town will uncover other architectural gems from the colonial age.

Thank Patrick S
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Reviewed 4 February 2016 via mobile

A must see and a unique experience as most of sculptures are by Antonio Francisco Lisboa (called also Aleijadinho) after he contracted a strange disease most likely leprosies. His art has been celebrated as the high point of baroque art but is never showed outside Brazil. Most of his work is in Congonhas and Ouro Preto. Make sure you have time enough for both the church and the 6 chapels leading up to the church. Inside each of the chapels there is a sculpted scene from Jesus life. Count 1.30 to 2 hours for a good visit.

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Reviewed 10 June 2015

The great sculptor most famous statues are found here (the twelve apostles), and this city being between Ouro Preto and Tiradentes, makes it a natural stop in the trip.

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Reviewed 27 January 2014

The most beautiful work in "Barrocco Mineiro" of Aleijadinho. It´s not easy to get there, but the view is great!

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Reviewed 24 September 2013

We visited the Bom Jesus do Congonhas from Ouro preto and we definitely found it worth the trip. We arranged a taxi (taking the bus is not really practical) from Ouro Preto, the trip takes about 1h20 minutes. You can visit the church in about 1-1.5h.

The church is well maintained and, wether you are a fan of the style or not, 'The Passion' is an excellent example of Brazilian baroque art. The fact that Aleijadinho, the sculpter, lost his hands and had to rely on his (slave) apprentices makes it all the more impressive.
The soap stone saints outside the church further exemplify the genius of Aleijadinho.

The church itself is again a nice example of the art at the time. No photographing allowed inside.

Make sure you don't miss the small building on the left of the church. It contains hundreds of ex-votos or gratitude letters when a certain wish or miracle came true. Some of them date back to the eighteen hundreds. Most of these ex-votos are from people who fell ill and recovered when all hope was lost; people that miraculously survived accidents; barren women that still got pregnant; etc... . It helps to have a Portuguese speaking friend with you to translate some of these ex-votos.

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