Religious, Spiritual sights in Belém
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A bit humdrum from the outside, the Basilica Santuario de Nazaré has a truly spectacular interior, with soaring marble columns, brilliant stained-glass windows and ornate wood and tile work in every direction, even the ceiling, with faces peering straight down. The basilica is the focal point of Brazil’s largest religious festival, Círio de Nazaré, which draws more than a million worshippers to Belém every October.
Belém's cathedral is a 1750s colonial baroque-cum-neoclassical construction by Antônio Landi. The cathedral's twin-towered main facade has long outshined the rather bland interior, but a major renovation (which was still underway at the time of research) is sure to help even the score.