Catedral Basílica da Sé

Minas Gerais

The star attraction at Mariana's cathedral is its fantastic German organ dating from 1701, painted with designs from the then-Portuguese colony of Macau and adorned with carved wooden angels.

The cathedral was closed for restoration work in early 2016, with the first phase completed in December 2017 and the second phase initiated in early 2018. At the time of research, the church remained closed, with organ concerts suspended indefinitely.

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