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Nossa Senhora do Pilar Church

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Address: Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Description: This baroque style church is very lavish inside, reflecting a period in...
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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A Golden explosion

Not having traveled yet to Europe, this was my first experience with beautiful churches with masterpiece ceilings and amazing ornamentation. It is almost an overload to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

Not having traveled yet to Europe, this was my first experience with beautiful churches with masterpiece ceilings and amazing ornamentation. It is almost an overload to the senses, but a must see!

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Chilliwack, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Lots of gold and history in this beautiful church. I have never seen statues made with real human hair! As a catholic the history of the church in the sanctuary and in the display area downstairs was fascinating. The rationale for the ambos and seating areas was also very interesting.

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Teresopolis RJ Brasil
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

XVIII Century, a mark in the History of Brazil you will find the testemonies of Barroque Art, Mining Museum and History. Ouro Preto in this time had 100.000 inhabitants, Rio de Janeiro had 20.000! Pousada do Mondego is a authentic reference of this period, I recommend.

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Dunsmore, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I dont think UNESCO takes any money and they don't maintain buildings or landscapes either. Your entrance fee does go towards this though. It is also perfectly reasonable not to take pictures in a place of worship. Having said all of that, enjoy the tranquility, the setting in the square and the works of art and the power of the... More 

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Liguria, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

This is another example of Baroque decoration, and dare we say it, excess! However, the art is definitely on worth looking at.

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Rio de Janeiro
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

a piece of art, independent of religions reasons it is to be adimed. Note that few churches from the many in Ouro Preto open to visitors, But the three main ones, Nossa Senhora do Pilar, São Francisco e Nossa Senhora do Carmo open from Tuesdays to Sundays

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

There is a fee to enter and you have to buy tickets in a nearby shop. I don't mind as long as it goes to UNESCO to help maintain the city and its attractions. Inside, it is not possible to take pictures even with phone without flash as you are actually being watched. The interior is very beautiful but a... More 

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Essex Coast
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Attractive location, tightly fitted into a lively square in almost medieval manner! Decorated inside with 400kg of gold leaf and quite beautiful; actually largely in good taste, which is unusual for religious demonstrations of wealth and prestige. Well worth a visit.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Astonishing architecture and art work. Felt back to the XVIII century. Impossible to describe how marvelous the chrch is.

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

A 300 years old very well preserved church in Ouro Preto. Check out the visiting times, as it not always open. Worth a visit, beautiful golden interior.

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Address: Address: Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Minas Gerais (MG)  >  Ouro Preto

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