The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida is the largest shrine in the world dedicated to Mary. In our exciting tour, it will be possible to know all its symbolism and its mysteries
Religious tourism in Aparecida offers pilgrims various attractions. Within the space of the Sanctuary of Aparecida, in addition to living their visitor faith within the Basilica participate in the Holy Mass, the Consecration to Our Lady and the Rosary of Aparecida, the faithful can visit different places offering a great choice of time free and culture.There are several options for family outings that combine faith, providing special moments for visitors who choose the city of Mother Aparecida as a holiday destination. Nicho de Nossa Senhora: The niche, inside, is also covered in white gold and has received the symbolic details of the 'miraculous fishing', in which the image was found in the waters of the Paraíba River by three fishermen. The altarpiece is almost 37 meters high. The first Retable of the Throne of Our Lady was built in 2004, this new one was finalized on 31st August 2011.Sala das Promessas: also known as the "Sala dos Milagres", it is located in the basement of the National Shrine since 1974 and is the second most visited place in the house of Mother Aparecida. The offer of ex-votos is ancient, and the first were offered in the primitive chapel of Itaguassú. Today, the Hall of Promises receives about 19 thousand ex-votos a month, and in October, this number reaches 30 thousand. In the Hall, there are about 70 thousand photographs on display.Capela das Velas : Located to the left of the Porta Santa, built in the 70s, is one of the most visited sites of the National Shrine, with decoration that refers to the passage of the burning bush, when God appears to Moses in the form of fire not to consume bush, to command it to go to Egypt and free the people from slavery.Campanário: The bell tower built in the Sanctuary of Aparecida maintains 13 bells in its structure. According to the Catholic tradition, each bell is dedicated to a saint. Twelve of them are dedicated to the Apostles and bishops and cardinals honor who has marked the history of the patron saint of Brazil since 1717. Since the bell 13, larger in size, is dedicated to St. Joseph and the Virgin Mary and celebrates the devotees of family of the countryside; which maintains the construction work of the National Shrine of Aparecida.Bontur Bondinhos Aéreos: it was built to facilitate access to Morro do Cruzeiro, which combines the need for transportation from a tourist attraction and offers, in addition to the possibility to see the Sanctuary of Aparecida, a unique experience for the thousands of pilgrims looking for a religious destination. With Swiss technology, the cableways linking the National Sanctuary to Cruzeiro Hill, where visitors contemplate the beauty of the region in a quiet and comfortable march.