Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas

Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas

Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas
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Built in the 18th century, the church is renowned for its rococo interior.
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RichardK938
West Palm Beach, FL728 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Aleijadinho outdid himself with the sculptures of the 12 apostles that ring the church wall. The church interior and architecture are nice too but the sculptures are what made this a UNESCO site. Also be sure to see the chapels leading up the procession route to the main church
Written July 4, 2022
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b12346
Brussels92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Couples
Visiting the church of Bom Jesus in Congonhas in an exceptional experience. The various chapels leading to the church contain wonderful sculpture scenes of the Passion by Aleijadinho. Rightfully UNESCO world heritage and not to be missed from any Minas Gereis visit.

We took the taxi from the Congonhas rodoviaria. Getting a taxi back was not straightforward (eventually we convinced the restaurant next door call one). In total we took four hours for the visit (including taxi drives and lunch), which was a bit much. Two hours is however probably too short.

Some information on getting to Congonhas and traveling in Minas. We took the 8am bus from Sao Joao del Rei (Sandra bus company; direction Belo Horizonte), which arrived in Congonhas around 10am. At 2pm, we took a local bus from Congonhas to Ouro Branco (40 min) from where there was a connection at 3pm to Ouro Preto. The bus service is not regular at all but they are very comfortable and drive on time. In short, it is the easiest to get to/from Congonhas from Sao Joao and Belo Horizonte, but the connection to Ouro Preto is quite possible.
Written January 4, 2013
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Peter L
Jandira, Sao Paulo18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Family
The sculptures are wonderful works of art that reflects the excellent skill of the artist. We arrived on a Sunday afternoon so we could only see the outdoors scultures. The ones housed inside were visible only through the bars of the doors.We were backpacking in Minas so we were in need of a toilet which was no where to be found.
Written July 25, 2012
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dgjohansson
Ronneby, Sweden1,591 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Couples
This place is amazing, and the things shown for advertisement of this place are really in my opinion not the thing that amazes the most. Usually you see the statues of the 12 prophets, and they are a great piece of art for sure, but the most amazing thing are the chapels with the life size wooden statues of Jesus final days. Follow the story from the lowest chapel and zigzag your way up towards the prophets and be amazed by the artist, later known as, "the little cripple" design and sculpturing talant. A-m-a-z-i-n-g!
Written July 30, 2011
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Virgilio Almeida
Brasilia, DF191 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
If tourists come to Congonhas, it is because of this one attraction. Please make sure you get a guide to explain the details of the works of Aleijadinho. It’s worth knowing the stories behind each statue and monument. There’s nice arts and crafts works sold by locals on the slope of the hill.
Written December 29, 2019
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Soggiorno
Chico, CA138 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2011 • Friends
Congonhas is a little town between Belo Horizonte and Conselheiro Lafaite, on the road from Rio to Belo. There is little to recommend a stop in Congonhas other than the church at the top of the hill. The town itself is typical of the area-- small and dusty-- but the walk up to the church is very interesting. The cobblestone walkway up the hill is lined on both sides by small, plaster "temples", each dedicated to a saint and all whitewashed. At the top of the hill is the church, which is built of native stone. At the entrance, and around the little entry patio, there are small, carved stone men. The story is (I can't vouch for its accuracy) that these carvings were done by a small man who was somehow misshapen, and blind, and that he used his own body as a model for the statues, all of which are also oddly shaped, with outsized hands and heads and small bodies, like statues of Snow White's seven little pals. Inside the church is dark and cool. At the back, just inside the door, is a bulletin board with thank you notes from parishioners who have had prayers answered. At the front is a glass "casket" with a statue of Jesus, which is apparently based on someone's idea of what he looked like after scourging, after crucifixion, and before resurrection. He's skinny and bloody and scratched by thorns and perforated hands and feet and torso-- this is NOT the blond and handsome Jesus of America. This is a Jesus who has suffered. All in all, this place is well worth the visit if you are in the area. It's also a World Heritage Site.
Written December 5, 2011
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Ellen_and_Pedro
Antwerp, Belgium410 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
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.
Written September 24, 2013
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F1969
Singapore, Singapore60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Couples
The scultures of Aleijadinho are extraordinary... particularly if you consider that because of an illness he no longer had hands and feet. It was a long trip but definitely worth it!! A must if you are in Minas!!
Written March 19, 2013
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Matthew P
London, UK5,997 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
A mountain top priest retreat, lovely surroundings including a forest and lake that you can boat around. Restaurants and bar available, popular for weddings. There was on getting ready as we were there. There is a short funicular railway that is worth riding as you can stand on the front to get a birds eye view.

We were taken there as part of a tour, well worth it.
Written May 27, 2023
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Peter E
Adligenswil, Switzerland175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
Came here with friends and family, visiting the church of Bom Jesus deMatosinhos. Aleijadinho did amazing art with the 12 apostles, as well with the statues in the little chaples leading to the church. An absolute must if you are in the region
Written August 15, 2018
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