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“A must see for a catholic”

National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida
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Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in Aparecida
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São Paulo/Brazil
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“A must see for a catholic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2012

It is the heart of the catholicism in Brazil. The temple is huge, although very simple. Some rooms are full of emotion.

Visited June 2012
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“In the Heart of Brazilian Catholicism”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2012

National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida

The Basilica dedicated to Our Lady of Aparecida (Aparecida = The found one) is located in the city of Aparecida, in the State of São Paulo, Brazil. Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception of Aparecida is Brazil’s Patroness. It is the third largest Catholic Church in the world. It was established on July 4th, 1980, when John Paul II visited Brazil for the first time. It is the central point of the city life.

Everything in Aparecida seems to exist due to the devotion to Our Lady Aparecida, under whose intercession many Brazilian Catholics have received favors and pay her homage by visiting the temple. It is a huge cathedral and an amazing complex. The main church is reached by a footbridge which may prove challenging for the elderly, mainly returning from the Basilica to the city for the footbridge has a slight upward tilt in that direction. Some people cross it on their knees to thank for miracles achieved. The city of Aparecida sits in a valley and the weather can get really warm so be advised.

It all began when some fishermen circa the XVIII century were casting their nets in the Paraiba River unsuccessfully until they retrieved the head of a statue of Mary and soon after retrieved the body. After this they caught an amazing amount of fish in their nets. After this other miracles followed. The original statue which might have been brought from Portugal was originally Black and so remained until vandals crashed it. When the statue was put together again, they finally realized that the Black color was due to a layer of clay which might have been added by time in the River banks.

Today we have the old basilica which is a smaller church built around 1770 and the new basilica which stands for the large compound depicted above. The new basilica has received pilgrimage since the early 1970’s. The 12th of October, the day when the image was found, is a national holiday and literally thousands of people visit the Shrine on this date. So, unless you like way crowded places don’t go there during the week of October the 12th.

Visited April 2011
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