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Biblioteca Pública Estadual Luiz de Bessa

In the busy cultural hub of Praça da Liberdade, Belo Horizonte’s public library offers peace and quiet along with more than 230,000 titles.

The center of city life in Belo Horizonte is the Praça da Liberdade, a lively, bustling, tree-lined square surrounded by museums, theaters and shops. It also features the Biblioteca Pública Estadual Luiz de Bessa, the public library. Find tranquility in this modern space as you peruse the library’s special collections or simply take a break from the busy city streets in one of the reading rooms. Bring your kids to the interactive children’s play area as well.

Make use of the library’s access to more than 230,000 titles. It is also part of the nationwide Freedom Circuit, a group of museums, training centers and other cultural institutions across the state of Minas Gerais that seek to integrate culture and urban space. 

Find out what events are scheduled at the library during your stay in Belo Horizonte. Come to one of the free Portuguese-language events regularly held here for a great way to improve your Portuguese skills. You can also ask for group tours of the facilities or for an individual trip to the library’s rare and historical books section.

The reading rooms are lit well, with natural light that floods in through the library’s distinctively curved floor-to-ceiling windows. Outside, Praça da Liberdade is popular with workers during the day. Join locals at drawn-out lunch breaks under palm trees, while children enjoy the large playground. At the top of the square is the wonderful Palácio da Liberdade, which previously housed the seat of government of Belo Horizonte and is now a museum.

Come after dark to see the square transformed into a music and nightlife hub, all within easy walking distance of Belo Horizonte’s main shopping and dining districts. 

The Biblioteca Pública Estadual Luiz de Bessa is open every day except Sunday. After spending a few hours here lost in a book, get some exercise by strolling around the palm-lined outdoor space as you decide what to see next. 


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ibis budget Belo Horizonte Minascentro ¥2,884
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Avenida Bias Fortes 783, Lourdes, Belo Horizonte, MG
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Lourdes, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Central Market, DiamondMall, and Liberty Square. Station Square and Museum of Natural Sciences are also within 6 mi (10 km). Central Station is 22 minutes by foot and Lagoinha Station is 23 minutes.

    ibis budget Belo Horizonte Afonso Pena ¥3,099
    ibis budget Belo Horizonte Afonso Pena

    ibis budget Belo Horizonte Afonso Pena

    Rua Rio Grande do Norte 784, Belo Horizonte, MG
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Savassi, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Afonso Pena Avenue and Liberty Square. September Seven Square and Lagoinha Baptist Church are also within 3 mi (5 km). Santa Efigenia Station is 23 minutes by foot and Central Station is 26 minutes.

      Hotel Boulevard Plaza ¥5,229
      Hotel Boulevard Plaza

      Hotel Boulevard Plaza

      Avenida Getúlio Vargas, 1640, Belo Horizonte, MG
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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        Hotel Vivenzo ¥4,883
        Hotel Vivenzo

        Hotel Vivenzo

        Rua Antonio De Albuquerque 54, Belo Horizonte, MG
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Savassi, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chevrolet Hall, Liberty Square, and Afonso Pena Avenue. September Seven Square is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.

          Holiday Inn Belo Horizonte Savassi ¥5,695
          Holiday Inn Belo Horizonte Savassi

          Holiday Inn Belo Horizonte Savassi

          Rua Professor Morais, 600, Belo Horizonte, MG
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Savassi, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chevrolet Hall, Liberty Square, and Afonso Pena Avenue. September Seven Square is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away.

            Royal Golden Savassi Hotel ¥5,841
            Royal Golden Savassi Hotel

            Royal Golden Savassi Hotel

            Rua Rio Grande Do Norte 1 015, Belo Horizonte, MG
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Savassi, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Afonso Pena Avenue and Liberty Square. September Seven Square and Lagoinha Baptist Church are also within 3 mi (5 km). Santa Efigenia Station is 26 minutes by foot and Central Station is 28 minutes.

              San Diego Express Barro Preto ¥4,108
              San Diego Express Barro Preto

              San Diego Express Barro Preto

              Avenida Barbacena, 41, Barro Preto, Belo Horizonte, MG
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Barro Preto, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Academy of Military Police and Afonso Pena Avenue. Liberty Square and September Seven Square are also within 2 mi (3 km). Carlos Prates Station is only a 4-minute walk and Calafate Station is 24 minutes.

                Royal Design Savassi ¥5,727
                Royal Design Savassi

                Royal Design Savassi

                Rua Bernardo Guimaraes, 1045, Funcionarios, Belo Horizonte, MG
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Boa Viagem, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Afonso Pena Avenue and Liberty Square. September Seven Square and Lagoinha Baptist Church are also within 3 mi (5 km). Central Station is 23 minutes by foot and Santa Efigenia Station is 24 minutes.