Belo Horizonte Travel Guide
Belo Horizonte, the capital of Mina Gerais State in the southeast of Brazil, is the third largest city in the country. If you are wondering what places are in the city with a population of two and a half million, continue reading this article.
You will learn where tourists spend the most time on the list of places to visit in Belo Horizonte. Founded in 1701, Belo Horizonte became a municipality in 1897 and later expanded its area of influence and entered among the cities of Brazil. In a possible holiday, places such as the squares, museums, churches can be visited.
1- Praca Da Liberdade
According to many sources, it is the most important square in Belo Horizonte. The first reason is that it was made with the old and new capital between 1895-1897. The second is that it has an extraordinary architectural diversity.
The first buildings modeled from Versailles in France are in the Neoclassical line. Other styles that dominate the city are Art Deco, Modern and Post-Modern. Art, culture, science and entertainment venues are found in the buildings surrounding the square.
2- Estadio Governador Magalhaes Pinto
It is Brasil’s 5th largest football stadium. It is also one of the stadiums where the 2014 FIFA World Cup matches are played. There are not only football matches here. Bands like KISS, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Beyonce and Foo Fighters gave concerts at this stadium for their fans in Brazil. Don’t forget to see the Football Museum as you go to the stadium.
3- Palacio Das Artes
It is an enormous culture and arts complex. It has become an indispensable part of the cultural identity of the city. There are places such as theaters, cinemas and galleries in an area of 900 thousand square meters.
4- Conjunto Arquitetônico Da Pampulha
The complex, built by Oscar Niemeyer in 1940, does not look so spectacular from the outside, but the architectural texture inside is fascinating. The modern art museum, dance house and St. Francis Church are located here.
5- Centro Cultural Banco Do Brasil
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, located across four Brazilian cities, is among the most visited museum organizations in the world with 74 million visitors a year. The aim of the museum, located on an area of 12 thousand square meters, is to support the creation of art, to be a source of inspiration and to encourage it to be exhibited.
The meaning of art is very wide. Works of theater, cinema, music and design are exhibited. Workshop activities are also organized at some times. The center is housed in a beautiful 1920s neo-classical and art deco building.
6- Mirante Mangabeiras
It was not that popular in the 1990s. It has been brought to an interesting level for tourists in the studies carried out in the last two decades. You can take your camera with you and go for a walk here. There are also scenic images around you to spend time with.
7- Igreja Sao Francisco De Assis
The church, which is Oscar Niemeyer‘s extraordinary work, was not liked by the clergy because of its unique structure and curved form. No worship was held for 14 years in the church, which was declared obscene. Today, it has become one of the symbols of Belo Horizonte.
8- Memorial Minas Gerais Vale
Don’t be fooled by the word “memorial” in the name. This is a museum. Built in 1897, the neo-classical building tries to explain the cultural and historical significance of the miners in the region. Therefore, it is one of the cornerstones of Belo Horizonte.
9- Parque Das Mangabeiras
This municipal park in Serra do Curral is truly magnificent. The city’s most popular greenery hosts at least 30 thousand people a month. In such a large area, it cannot be expected that there will be less species diversity. 28 mammals, 160 birds, 20 reptile species survive on Parques Das Mangabeiras. You can choose for picnics, strolls and exercise.
10- Hippie Fair
A market is set up in Belo Horizonte on Sundays. Things such as furniture, musical instruments, antiques, home decoration items, jewelry, paintings, handicrafts are sold in the market. Launched in 1969, the fair was made permanent in 1971. In 1991, it was further expanded and given more in touristic activities.
11- Museu Das Minas E Do Metal
Part of the Circuito Cultural Praça da Liberdade, the museum is divided into mining and metals. The tools, tips and stories of the mineral trade are told in museum rooms. The collection of Djalma Guimaraes is striking.
In the metal museum, the alchemy and properties of metal are shown in detailed exhibitions. Both sides of the museum offer a well organized and informative excursion. Meanwhile, the building’s skeleton is from the 19th century.
12- Palácio Da Liberdade
Built in 1897, the palace used to be where the state of Minas Gerais was ruled. It has also witnessed many important events. It started to serve as a museum in 2013. There are those lining up for starry surfaces, parquet floors, crystal chandeliers, allegorical panels, exquisite sculptures, luxurious décor and beautiful gardens. You can also see the changing of the guards on the last Sunday of the month.
13- Praca Da Savassi
This public area is at the confluence of Cristôvâo Colombo Boulevard, Getûlio Vargas Avenue, Pernambuco Street and Antônio de Albuquerque Street. The square is a popular place where people go to meet. There is no better place for people watching. Most of the crowd are young. You can sit in cute cafes, bars and boutique shops and listen to live music or watch dance shows.
14- Parque Municipal America Renee Giannetti
The 180,000 square meter park is a good way to get away from the bustle of the city. Built in 1894, the park was originally twice as high as it is now. If you want to experience heaven on earth at the weekend, you can come here with your family. You can meet your needs from the shops around.
15- Serra Da Moeda
An immense landscape, a mountain 1500 meters above sea level, fresh air, colorful flowers and romance at sunset… It is undeniable that it is one of the most beautiful mountains in Brazil. Those interested in extreme sports should definitely stop by here.
16- Museu De Artes
Various stories are told in the museum dedicated to Brazil’s laborers. The museum, established for this purpose, immediately stands out from the others. You can see with your own eyes the transformations of the working class, the lives of the craftsmen and what they are doing.
17- San Jose Church
This stunning church is one of the oldest buildings in the city. The interior of the church is as colorful as its exterior. It also has a valuable art collection. People who will get married in the city choose this church as their wedding venue. Reservations must be made one year in advance.
18- Fundacio Zoo-Botanica
The natural life is meticulously preserved in the 1,750,000 square meter large area. A pure and clean place where you can have warm contact with plants and animals.
19- Sesc Palladium Cultural Center
Literature, culture, theater and cinema meet in this center. The program of the hall with a capacity of 1312 seats is always full. Inside the center, there are multi-purpose places such as art galleries, cafes and handicraft shops. The building has historical importance in itself.
20- Basílica Nossa Senhora De Lourdes
This Roman Catholic Church was built in 1923 in gothic architectural style. The church, which looks magnificent from the outside, doubles the admiration level with the mosaics and frescoes inside. It is a fine detail that the cross of the church is made of rock crystal.