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Built in the 18th century, the church is renowned for its rococo interior.
Congonhas, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
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Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 48petere
Reviewed January 21, 2018

If a tourist travels to Congonhas in Minas Gerais it will be not for the rather unattractive town, but for its 'Santuario de Bom Jesus de Matozinhos', a popular pilgrimage site, which consists of basically three elements: a Basilica, the Twelve Prophets by Aleijandrinho and...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank saronic
Reviewed May 7, 2017

This complex is one of the most impressive of all the historical cities of Minas Gerais. You have the church itself, the 12 prophets and the chapels in front. When we visited, the interior of the church was under renovation, but in our opinion the...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank henrique100
Reviewed April 15, 2017

If you are ever lucky enough to get to Congonhas de Campo in Minas Gerais, Brazil, make sure you see the carvings of Aleijadinho ( the little cripple ) in this church. Congonhas is a living museum of the gold rush days in colonial Brazil....More

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank John S
Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

Church interior is going on restoration. Will be back to see it. It's amazing as I was already here 20 years ago. See this as a live register of religious history. Don't loose the museum as it complete this historic sight

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank aabastos
Reviewed November 26, 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.

Date of experience: December 2015
Thank patricksS4343SF
Reviewed February 3, 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...More

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank ChristineBindert
Reviewed June 9, 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.

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank Annex_BR
Reviewed January 26, 2014

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

Date of experience: January 2014
Thank Goldcontakt
Reviewed September 24, 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...More

Date of experience: September 2013
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