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National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida

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Avenida Doutor Julio Prestes s/n, Aparecida, State of Sao Paulo 12570-000, Brazil
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Reviewed 11 August 2018

Construction of the basilica began in 1955 but was not dedicated until 1980 by Pope John Paul II while it was still under construction. In addition to Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict and Pope Francis have all visited during their pontificate. The basilica can...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

It’s a beautiful place but there are a lot of problems such as food, impolite people in the stores and many services problems. This place must have to be improve to receive many faithful people.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 9 June 2018

Great Basilica. It's very big and you ca easily stay for a full day. There are plenty of things to see and admire. Really worth the visit and pray.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank 609rodrigo
Reviewed 31 March 2018

As an American catholic that was in Brazil for work I am so glad that that my colleague suggested to travel to this site. I had been to the Sao Paulo area many times but had not heard of this National Sanctuary before and as...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Gene H
Reviewed 23 January 2018

All world traveller that visits Brazil must go to Aparecida. It's a symbol of faith and tells a lot about Brazilian people. You gonna see people from all around the country and abroad, in a peaceful ambience. They have an impressive infrastructure: restaurants, parking lot,...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Phccarvalho
Reviewed 24 November 2017 via mobile

Contrasting with Saint Peter's Catholic Cathedral luxury finest arts and materials in Vatican City, this large Basilica dedicated to Mary in the countryside of Brazil is beautiful, tropical, simple and welcoming. Built in the shape of a Greek Cross (+) father than a Latin Cross,...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Paulo G
Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

I know this place since 1985 and can tell that each year it looks better. Catholic church takes very good care of it. The place is prepared to receive thousands of people at the same time. The original Virgin Mary image, found a long time...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank LucianaVergueiro
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

Whatever your religion--witness amazing faith of the people and this most amazing architecture ! Attend one of the 9 am daily Masses with orchestra and full fanfare. The good fathers priests are very very inspiring and kind to everyone! The cable car is a must...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank GringoAlto2000
Reviewed 11 April 2017

This place is unbelievable and the second biggest cathedral to the Vatican. Started building in 1955 it is blessed with modern materials and acoustics. Probably the South American equivalent of Lourdes with thousands visiting from all over SA at weekends so best to visit midweek.

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank weemick
Reviewed 15 January 2017

The National Sanctuary is an imponent church built in the 1950's and a symbol of the catholic faith in Brazil. All mass services are fully loaded during weekends and has an excellent structure for visitors.

Date of experience: January 2017
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