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Quality Hotel Afonso Pena

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Av. Afonso Pena, 3761, Belo Horizonte, BR, 30130-008

  • Phone: (55) 31 21118900
  • Fax: (55) 31 21118901
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St Francis of Assisi Church

Avenida Otacílio Negrão de Lima, 3000
Belo Horizonte, 31365-450
+55 31 3427 1644

Tu to Sa from 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM,Su from 09:00 AM to 02:00 PM

Completed in 1943, this church is a masterpiece of Brazilian architecture of the 20th century, as well as a fine example of Modernist Art of the period. Designed by Oscar Niemeyer as one of the buildings in the Pampulha Architectural Complex, it is one of his most impressive and iconic works. Artists Candido Portinari, Paulo Werneck and Roberto Burle Marx collaborated with the internal and external decoration of the building. The unexpected shape of St Francis Church contrasts with the 17th-century Baroque churches that can be found around the state of Minas Gerais. This caused the Catholic Church to not accept St Francis as a place of worship until 1957, when mass started being held there.
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