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10 reais to get in and definitely worth it. Don’t miss the small museum at the back of the church. The church is at the bottom of the hill so take a deep breath before climbing back up to the centre of town. You can...More
We had read that this particular church had the greatest quantity of gold in any Ouro Preto church, so we paid a visit. Yes, there was much gold leaf throughout the church and altar backdrop, which appeared Rococo in style, but we were done after...More
One of the top attractions in Ouro Preto. I would recommend that you see this church last if visiting the others as we did without planning it so.
The massive wealth of the city contributed to its construction with significant amounts of silver and gold....More
At a little square in the lower part of Ouro Preto is the Minor Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar. Looking at it from the outside one wouldn't suspect what awaits the visitor in the interior. But first one has to get an entrance ticket...More
This Basilica is incredibly reach in baroque religious art, gold leaves, spectacular solid silver chandeliers, and those challenging use of perspectives on the figures in the ceiling: they follow you everywhere you move, something giving the illusion they’re going to drop on your head. The...More
So my advice is to visit this church after all the other churches as it's so lavish the others look plain in comparison. It's like a theatre inside with so much gold and carvings. To pieces of advice look up at the centre of ceiling...More
Incredible gold leaf EVERYWHERE inside - hundreds of kilos. Carved wood flowers while approaching the alter represent local tropical flowers vs what you see in Europe. The church attended by the most wealthy Portuguese at the time. No photography allowed inside, unfortunately.
It has exuberant ornamentation inside and has a Sacred Art Museum in the rear. I rested in a pew to absorb the ornamentation. In order to enter one must buy a ticket in the ticket office steps away in the narrow plaza it faces. Note...More