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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 Minascentro ¥2,786
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 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 ¥2,993
    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.

      Holiday Inn Belo Horizonte Savassi ¥5,500
      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 Vivenzo ¥4,717
        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.

          Royal Golden Savassi Hotel ¥5,711
          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.

            Royal Design Savassi ¥5,599
            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.

              San Diego Express Barro Preto ¥3,773
              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 Boutique Savassi Hotel ¥7,242
                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 5-minute walk of Niemeyer Building and Afonso Pena Avenue. Liberty Square and September Seven Square are also within 1 mi (2 km). Central Station is 26 minutes by foot and Santa Efigenia Station is 28 minutes.