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Nossa Senhora do Pilar Church

Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
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Ranked #1 of 51 Attractions in Ouro Preto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: This baroque style church is very lavish inside, reflecting a period in which religious orders...
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 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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South East London
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99 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

This church shows the true lavishness of the gold rush era. It is quite incredibly ornate. We had a particularly good guide who explained about the history which I found fascinating. Really enjoyed my visit here.

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London
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67 reviews 67 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

It makes St Peter's in Rome look dull. There are at least 25 spectacular churches in this town but this has to be the best.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

Ouro Preto is filled with Churches, but the best one, by far is Nossa Senhora do Pilar. It is in a great conservation condition, and it still has a lot of the details in gold it originally had. It is a masterpiece a everyone in town should stop by and check it out. At the backside of the church it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

I just sat in a pew and tried to drink it all in. More and more details would reveal themselves. Almost everything is covered in gold leaf. Then there are the silver accessories. Plus the painted ceiling. If I went to church service there, I would end up spending the whole time looking at the decorations instead of paying attention... More 

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Maringa, Brasil
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

This church I liked the most! I wanted to stay for hours inside... Don´t forget to visit the museum in the back side of the church.

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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

This church is very beautiful. It is small but full of gold. There is a mass that starts at 3:00 pm so for a tourist visa arrive before then.

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