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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 ¥2,895
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.

    Hotel Financial ¥4,087
    Hotel Financial

    Hotel Financial

    Avenida Afonso Pena 571, Centro, Belo Horizonte, MG
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Centro, this hotel is steps from Sete de Setembro Square, Afonso Pena Avenue, and September Seven Square. Liberty Square and Lagoinha Baptist Church are also within 2 mi (3 km). Central Station is 8 minutes by foot and Lagoinha Station is 20 minutes.

      Dayrell Hotel e Centro de Convenções ¥4,300
      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 24 minutes.

        Normandy Hotel ¥4,654
        Normandy Hotel

        Normandy Hotel

        Rua dos Tamoios, 212, Centro, Belo Horizonte, MG
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Centro, this hotel is steps from Sao Jose Church, Afonso Pena Avenue, and September Seven Square. Liberty Square and Lagoinha Baptist Church are also within 2 mi (3 km). Central Station is 9 minutes by foot and Lagoinha Station is 20 minutes.

          ibis budget Belo Horizonte Afonso Pena ¥3,110
          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.

            San Diego Express Barro Preto ¥4,426
            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 Golden Savassi Hotel ¥5,933
              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.

                Bristol Merit Hotel ¥4,275
                Bristol Merit Hotel

                Bristol Merit Hotel

                Rua dos Tamoios, 341, Centro, Belo Horizonte, MG
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Centro, this hotel is steps from Sao Jose Church, Sete de Setembro Square, and September Seven Square. Francisco Nunes Theater and Americo Renne Giannetti Municipal Park are also within 10 minutes. Central Station is 9 minutes by foot and Lagoinha Station is 20 minutes.