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Nossa Senhora do Pilar Church

Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
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Ranked #2 of 47 attractions in Ouro Preto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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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South East London
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184 reviews 184 reviews
81 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 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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Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
24 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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182 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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Atlanta, Georgia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

Beautiful Church with so much Gold. A must see! Be ready to walk steep roads in this charming little city.

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Gosier, Guadeloupe
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Fabulous church in OP, second richest church in Brazil (in terms of ornaments), it worths asking guide to make you visit it .

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Belo Horizonte, MG
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

I usually take my foreign friends and business colleages to Ouro Preto, when they come to Brazil, considering that it is so close to Belo Horizonte City (about an hour's drive.) This church is the second, in Brazil, with the most gold used in its interior decorations—and it shows! However, to truly get an amazing visit there, one must hire... More

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46 reviews 46 reviews
29 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

This is the richest church of Ouro Preto. Baroque architecture, Ataíde paintings and sculptures by master Aleijadinho. to visit it you feel in the seventeenth century.

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