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September Seven Square

Look up at the famous Lollipop that rises from a large square platform at the heart of this central plaza.

The imposing obelisk at the core of September Seven Square is one of Belo Horizonte’s most iconic sights. Numerous skyscrapers overlook the plaza, which stands on a busy spot in the city’s downtown district. Meet friends at this popular gathering point, before exploring the area’s main attractions.  

Snap photographs of the famous granite obelisk, known affectionately by locals as the Lollipop in reference to its distinctive shape. The monument, which is 23 feet (7 meters) tall, was donated to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Brazilian Day of Independence. The square takes its name from the date of the nation’s independence in 1822. 

Approach the obelisk for a closer look and inspect its four inscriptions that reference the fight for freedom. Around the monument is a red circle that marks the street. Admire the architecture of the intriguing structures surrounding the square, such as the wonderful art deco Cine Theatro Brasil building from the 1930s. Other highlights include the Banco da Lavoura structure and the Banco Mineiro da Produção edifice.  

Relax with a snack or hot drink at one of the cafés with a view of the square. Try the traditional local cheese bread and get a typical small dark coffee. Watch people go by in this lively hub at the intersection of busy streets. Note that the plaza was previously known as October Twelve Square, in reference to the supposed date Columbus first arrived in the Americas in 1492. 

September Seven Square is right in the center of Belo Horizonte. Walk west from the Central Station for about 10 minutes to get here or ride a bus to one of the nearby stops. Make sure to see some of the other sights in the area, such as the São José Church, the Santa Tereza Viaduct and the Teatro Francisco Nunes.


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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.

          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.

            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.

              Nacional Inn Belo Horizonte ¥3,756
              Nacional Inn Belo Horizonte

              Nacional Inn Belo Horizonte

              Rua Espírito Santo, 215 - Centro, Belo Horizonte, MG
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Centro, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Giramundo Museum, Raul Soares Square, and Minas Centro Convention Center. Liberty Square and Expo Minas Convention Center are also within 6 mi (10 km). Central Station is only a 3-minute walk and Lagoinha Station is 15 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.