The history of the Old Basilica, in Aparecida, São Paulo, started when three fishermen from the Vila de Guaratinguetá withdrew from their fishing nets the image of Our Lady of Aparecida. From there on, several reports of miracles were attributed to the saint, leading to an intense pilgrimage to the local.
In 1745, the image won a chapel that, in 1888, needed to be expanded and became the Main Basilica, currently called the “Old Basilica.” The village also has grown to become the city of Aparecida, a temple of the Catholic faith dedicated to the patron saint of Brazil.
The Basilica enchants by its Baroque style and its sacred beauty. Besides enjoying the architecture and attend masses, you can still visit the viewing spot of the tower, from where one has a 360° view of the city, and the Museum, which tells the history of the Basilica and the saint.
To watch the mass in a good seat, arrive at the end of the previous mass.
Pilgrim Service Center: +55 (12) 3104-1006
Take Brazilian currency in cash.
The city is very hot. Wear light clothing and use sunscreen.
Wear comfort shoes, avoid heavy food, and stay hydrated.
Basilica: free entrance.
Visit to the viewing spot and Museum of the Basilica: R$ 6
Praça Nossa Senhora Aparecida, 01, Centro - Aparecida, São Paulo
The most comfortable way to arrive at the Old Basilica is by taxi. Refer to the local companies that provide this type of service.
Depending on where you are and on your visit intention (how to make a pilgrimage), you can arrive at the Old Basilica and other attractions by foot. This map may help.
Arriving at Guarulhos International Airport, you can rent a car to arrive at the Old Basilica. Refer to the route.