Congonhas (Congonhas do Campo until 1948) is a historical Brazilian city located in the state of Minas Gerais. It is situated 90 kilometres (56 mi) south from Belo Horizonte, the capital of state of Minas Gerais, by the highway BR-040. As of 2020, the city had a population of 55,309.
Sanctuary of Bom Jesus de MatosinhosEdit
|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
|Location||Congonhas, Minas Gerais, Brazil|
|Inscription||1985 (9th Session)|
|Area||2.19 ha (5.4 acres)|
|Buffer zone||8.77 ha (21.7 acres)|
The city is known for its basilica - the Santuário do Bom Jesus de Matosinhos, commissioned by Portuguese adventurer and miner Feliciano Mendes in 1757 and completed in 1775. In the ramped forecourt of the basilica are twelve soapstone sculptures depicting Twelve Prophets, crafted by Aleijadinho, one of the best artists in the baroque style in the world. The twelve sculptures of old testament prophets around the terrace are considered one of his finest works. Around the forecourt are six chapels with painted wooden scenes depicting the Stations of the Cross. In 1985 the Sanctuary was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its exemplary Baroque architecture and art.
- Media related to Congonhas (Minas Gerais) at Wikimedia Commons
- Congonhas travel guide from Wikivoyage
- World Heritage profile
- Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas UNESCO property on google arts and culture