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Liberty Square

Museums and stately landmarks surrounded this central square, which has gardens inspired by the designs of the Palace of Versailles.

Liberty Square (Praça da Liberdade) is the vibrant heart of Belo Horizonte. It’s also the nucleus of the Circuito Cultural Praça da Liberdade, a tourist circuit that includes 12 museums and cultural centers. Use the circuit to delve into the city’s history via state-of-the-art exhibits, discover its mining heritage and attend art, film and theater events. Marvel at the architecturally impressive buildings that surround Liberty Square and stroll along wooded pathways. 

This vast plaza is a major city crossroads and you’ll see everyone from local families to business people and tourists walking its cobblestone paths. Pause to appreciate the perfectly groomed gardens, admire the ornamental fountain, gaze up at tall palms and study statues. Watch the action unfold from a bench and purchase drinks and snacks from the food carts. Music groups often meet to rehearse at the bandstand.  

You’ll need more than a day to visit all of the square’s attractions so plan your visit accordingly. On the west side, the Memorial Mina Gerais Vale takes you on a journey through four centuries of statewide history. The adjacent Museum of Mines and Metal looks into the importance of mining to Minas Gerais. Browse thousands of tomes at the Luiz de Bessa State Public Library. 

Walk past the gates of the mighty Pálacio da Liberdade to the square’s east side. See the Niemeyer Building, a contemporary skyscraper notable for its modern, curvaceous design. It stands in contrast to the Bank of Brazil Cultural Center, which is a venue for art and performing arts exhibitions set inside a neoclassical palace. More exhibitions take place at the House of Cultural Heritage of Minas Gerais. 

The square sits at the meeting point of three important city avenues: Bias Fortes, Brasil and Cristóvão Colombo. It’s about a 15-minute walk from Américo Renné Giannetti Municipal Park. Public buses stop on nearby streets. The nearest metro stop is Central Station, which is 1.2 miles (2 kilometers to the north). 

Opening hours of the attractions on Liberty Square vary. Ask at the square’s tourist information center for more details or visit the official website of the Circuito Cultural Praça da Liberdade.


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ibis budget Belo Horizonte Afonso Pena ¥3,096
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.

    Royal Golden Savassi Hotel ¥5,913
    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.

      Hilton Garden Inn Belo Horizonte ¥6,977
      Hilton Garden Inn Belo Horizonte

      Hilton Garden Inn Belo Horizonte

      Avenida Prudente de Moraes, 520, Cidade Jardim, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Santo Antonio, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Abilio Barreto Historical Museum, Liberty Square, and Afonso Pena Avenue. September Seven Square is 1.9 mi (3 km) away.

        ibis budget Belo Horizonte Minascentro ¥3,096
        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.

          Holiday Inn Belo Horizonte Savassi ¥6,908
          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.

            Hotel Fasano Belo Horizonte ¥21,570
            Hotel Fasano Belo Horizonte

            Hotel Fasano Belo Horizonte

            Rua São Paulo, 2320, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Lourdes, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Biblioteca Publica Estadual Luiz de Bessa and Liberty Square. Afonso Pena Avenue and September Seven Square are also within 1 mi (2 km). Central Station is 29 minutes by foot.

              Hotel Boulevard Plaza ¥5,293
              Hotel Boulevard Plaza

              Hotel Boulevard Plaza

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

                Located in Savassi, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Afonso Pena Avenue and Liberty Square. Palace of Arts and September Seven Square are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Mercure Belo Horizonte Lourdes Hotel ¥6,378
                Mercure Belo Horizonte Lourdes Hotel

                Mercure Belo Horizonte Lourdes Hotel

                Avenida do Contorno, 7315 - Lourdes, Belo Horizonte, MG
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Lourdes, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bradesco Theater and Savassi Square. Liberty Square and Minas Centro Convention Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).