The Sanctuary of Bom Jesus de Matosinhos in Congonhas,Minas Gerais, holds one of the largest artistic heritage of Brasil: 12 prophets in soapstone and 66 cedar figures made by Master Antonio Francisco Lisboa, the Aleijadinho. He lived till 1814, and is considered the greatest artist of Minas Gerais.
Declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1985, the Sanctuary was built during the second half of the 18th century and draws attention for its rich art collection. It comprises a central church, with an external staircase holding 12 sculptures of the prophets in actual size, in addition to six other chapels that represent the steps of Christ's Passion.
These chapels house 66 wooden statues, also in natural size, and this group of works is one of the largest and most important collections of sacred sculptures in the world.
Praça do Santuário – Congonhas, MG
Small cities like Congonhas can be well appreciated if you get around by bicycle. Rent one.
The Sanctuary is located in the central region of Congonhas, which is 76 km from Belo Horizonte. You can rent a car to get there. See the directions from Belo Horizonte to Congonhas.
You can follow this route by bus + taxi. In Belo Horizonte bus station, take a bus to Congonhas and, there, take a taxi to the Sanctuary.