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São José Church

Admire the towers of the striped façade and browse the elegant interior of this impressive religious gem in central Belo Horizonte. 

Dating back to the beginning of the 20th century, Igreja São José, Saint Joseph Church, has long been one of the main attractions in the downtown district of Belo Horizonte. It has a neo-Manueline style that adopts certain features from the 16th-century Gothic architecture of Portugal. Admire the iconic orange-and-red striped façade, which presents an elegant clock, arches and three tall towers. 

Snap photographs of the stained-glass windows, three arched portals and central pediment of this intricate frontage. The building’s striking colors were restored in recent years from its prior off-white theme. 

Enter the church and admire the majestic Corinthian columns that run through the center of the nave. The floor is decorated in an interesting black-and-white mosaic pattern. Gaze up at the starry sky décor in the ceilings. Notice that one side of the nave portrays 14 male saints, while the other contains an equal number of female saints. This reflects an era when men and women were separated in churches.  

Inspect the altar’s work of art that depicts the Holy Trinity surrounded by saints and angels. Among the highlights of the church’s artworks is the ceiling fresco of the baby Jesus in Mary’s arms. Sit at one of the pews and enjoy the tranquility in this cool sanctuary, sheltered from the city’s afternoon heat. 

Attend a Mass service for a sense of the local customs. These take place several times per day. Take a virtual tour via the official website of the church to check it out before your visit.  

Enter the church for free when it opens to the public daily from early morning to late evening. Saturdays and Sundays offer several opportunities to join a Mass. 

Find São José Church in the heart of the Centro area of Belo Horizonte. Ride a bus to one of the many stops that line the adjacent highway. See some of the other sights in the area, including the Teatro Francisco Nunes, the Municipal Park and the Shopping Cidade mall. 


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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.

    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.

      Dayrell Hotel e Centro de Convenções ¥4,453
      Dayrell Hotel e Centro de Convenções

      Dayrell Hotel e Centro de Convenções

      Rua Espirito Santo, 901, Centro, Belo Horizonte, MG
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Centro, this hotel is steps from Sao Jose Church and Afonso Pena Avenue. Liberty Square and September Seven Square are also within 15 minutes. Central Station is 11 minutes by foot and Lagoinha Station is 19 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 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.

              San Diego Express Barro Preto ¥4,081
              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 ¥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.