Sightseeing in Belo Horizonte

Pampulha in Belo Horizonte
Federal University of Minas GeraisFederal University of Minas Gerais - MAP Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - UFMG The buildings of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais certainly contribute to the overall architecture in the city and together make up one of Brazil's top five universities. Called home by almost 40,000 students and some 4,500 staff, this is education on an epic scale, offering a total of 75 individual undergraduate degrees. The university was founded in 1927, within the neighbou...
Maquiné Cave Maquiné Cave - MAP 6 A trip underground in the midst of natural beauty is guaranteed adventure for visitors to Gruta (cave) de Maquiné located in Cordisburgo city, 120 km from Belo Horizonte. The cave, discovered in 1825 by farmer Joaquim Maria Maquiné, it is considered the cradle of Brazilian paleontology and has seven rooms with beautiful architectural forms, sculpted by water over thousands of years of work. The scientific explor...
Palacio da LiberdadePalacio da Liberdade - MAP   Serving as the residence for the current seat of government in the state of Minas Gerais, the Palacio da Liberdade (Palace of Liberty) is a majestic structure dating back to 1897, when it was actually the very first building of significance to be finished during the planned development of the city. The palace is known for its mixture of architectural styles, with strong neoclassical influences, and boasts an especially ...
MapPampulha Neighborhood - MAP This 1940's neighborhood has some of the highlights of Brazil modern architecture, including the São Francisco de Assis Church. The building is not shocking by itself, until you realize it was meant to be a church. Not surprisingly, the Catholic Church refused to consecrate it for more than one decade. Next to the church, there's the Parque Guanabara, an amusement park that is small, but worth visiting. In Pampulha lies the world-famou...
Pope Square in Belo HorizontePope Square - MAP In Belo Horizonte,  do not ask for Praça Israel Pinheiro. "Never heard of it," is what will probably respond. Try "Square of the Pope," and will point upward. Not for the sky, but almost: the square is more than a thousand feet, at the foot of the Sierra Corral. From up there, in 1980, then the successor of St. Peter in Rome and Patriarch exclaimed in rapture, "that Belo Horizonte." T...
Torre Alta VilaTorre Alta Vila - MAP Alta Vila Tower The Alta Vila Tower measures in at just over 100 metres / 328 feet in height and from its panoramic Sky Lounge restaurant at the top, you will be treated to some truly awesome views of the surrounding city and distant mountains of Minas Gerais. A popular branch of the Hard Rock Cafe is located here, along with a small group of shops and the Convention Bela Vista venue, which hosts various events throughout the ...