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Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar

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Address: Travessa Lauro Barbosa 16 | Bairro do Pilar, Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais 35400-000, Brazil
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+55 31 3551 4736
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This baroque style church is very lavish inside, reflecting a period in...

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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Church of Gold

First word is WOAH on entering!! Gold, Gold and Gold!! Can't take photos inside, but if you meet another person who's been here your for sure remember this place!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 February 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

First word is WOAH on entering!! Gold, Gold and Gold!! Can't take photos inside, but if you meet another person who's been here your for sure remember this place!

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Beautiful church even though it needs serious TLC. Friendly people to provide explanations and details.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

You pay to stay no more than 10 minutes inside. Would not go back, unless you are a sacred art lover.

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Sedona, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

We visited the beautiful village of Ouro Preto with a purpose of shopping, and can you shop! But also you can tour. The history dates back to the time Portugal came to Brasil, because of gold being present in the area. But there are also precious stone there, especially imperial topaz, which is beautiful with a yellow tint to it.... More 

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Brazil
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016

424 kilos of gold leaf, incredible paintings and sculptures, incredible artifacts still used in services to this day! A must see!

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Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016

Make sure that you have a good guide! When the churches in Ouro Preto were built, Portugal had banned most of the Catholic orders from Brazil so that they did not educate the natives and make them less likely to slave away. Thus most of the churches in Ouro Preto were built by families with each trying to out do... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016 via mobile

The church is beautiful and is also some kind of a museum. Unfortunately it has no English translation for the written explained at all the exposed stuff which is there. But still it's nice to just watch and wonder around, or work on you Portuguese 😉. We enjoyed much.

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Thank Jurre S
Heuvelland, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2016

500 kg of gold has been treated into this church. It is a iconic example of the baroque style with already rococo influences.

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Thank Erwin V
London UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2015

We attended a wedding at this church, the sight inside is stunning! There is gold everywhere & the history of this church very interesting. We took a tour with a local guide the morning after the wedding to discover more about its history, he had some great information about the decor & the people who attended services there. Don't miss... More 

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Miramar, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2015

So good to see the churches in this town. You can see all the opulence of a bygone era. The church treasures are worth seeing and I am delighted that these churches are so well preserved.

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