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Boa Viagem Cathedral (Catedral Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem)

Belo Horizonte grew from a wooden chapel on this spot. Now this soaring, neo-Gothic church stands here and serves as the city’s spiritual base.

Now open 24 hours a day to welcome pilgrims from around the world, the Catedral Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem (Our Lady of Good Voyage Cathedral) is the spot where Belo Horizonte began. Visit this soaring marvel of neo-Gothic architecture at night to see it really shine as a rainbow of colored lights brilliantly illuminates the tall structure. 

In 1709, a settler named Francisco Homem del Rey arrived in what is now Belo Horizonte, bearing with him a picture of Our Lady of Good Voyage, the Portuguese patroness of navigators. He built a wooden shack to shelter the icon. This modest church became a popular stop for travelers making their way from inner Brazil. The Catedral Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem, as it stands today, was consecrated in 1923 following Belo Horizonte’s expansion as the regional capital. Notice how its dramatic spires and elaborate detailing pay tribute to the Gothic architecture of earlier centuries. Our Lady of Good Voyage remains the patron saint of the city.

Admire the beautifully detailed exterior of the church before heading inside. View the church from multiple perspectives and try to count the many Gothic spires contributing to its distinctive appearance. 

Enter the cathedral and spend a few minutes roaming the interior and admiring its many lovely features. Gaze at the highly detailed stained-glass windows and ornate nave. Other interesting spots in and around the cathedral include the chapel of São Pedro Julião Eymard and the parish house, which is surrounded by peaceful grounds. 

Visit the Catedral Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem in the late afternoon or evening. You might catch a glimpse of a traditional wedding party, with a gold-heeled bride emerging onto the steps to be showered in rose petals. Remember that fairly conservative clothing is usually expected in churches, so if you plan to go inside, make sure you are appropriately dressed.


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Royal Golden Savassi Hotel ¥5,415
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.

    ibis budget Belo Horizonte Afonso Pena ¥3,169
    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.

      Ibis Belo Horizonte Savassi ¥4,460
      Ibis Belo Horizonte Savassi

      Ibis Belo Horizonte Savassi

      Av Contorno 6180, Savassi, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Savassi, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Savassi Square, Liberty Square, and Afonso Pena Avenue. September Seven Square is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.

        ibis budget Belo Horizonte Minascentro ¥3,069
        ibis budget Belo Horizonte Minascentro

        ibis budget Belo Horizonte Minascentro

        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 Minas Centro Convention Center, Central Market, and Raul Soares Square. DiamondMall and Liberty Square are also within 10 minutes. Central Station is 22 minutes by foot and Lagoinha Station is 23 minutes.

          Ibis Belo Horizonte Afonso Pena ¥4,486
          Ibis Belo Horizonte Afonso Pena

          Ibis Belo Horizonte Afonso Pena

          Rua Goncalves Dias 720, Belo Horizonte, MG
             
            3.0 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 24 minutes by foot and Central Station is 27 minutes.

            Royal Boutique Savassi Hotel ¥8,915
            Royal Boutique Savassi Hotel

            Royal Boutique Savassi Hotel

            Rua Alagoas, 699 - Savassi, Belo Horizonte, MG
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Savassi, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Afonso Pena Avenue, Liberty Square, and Savassi Square. September Seven Square and Lagoinha Baptist Church are also within 3 mi (5 km). Central Station is 26 minutes by foot and Santa Efigenia Station is 28 minutes.

              Royal Design Savassi ¥3,995
              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.

                Holiday Inn Belo Horizonte Savassi ¥5,740
                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.