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Belo Horizonte

On the banks of Pampulha's artificial lake, Niemayer's striking modernist church, with interior tiles and paintings by Portinari, is an architectural delight.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Belo Horizonte attractions

1. Museu de Arte da Pampulha

0.56 MILES

This art museum, with its cute garden designed by landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, originally served as a casino and shows the obvious modernist…

2. Casa do Baile

0.63 MILES

This former dance hall on Pampulha's lakeshore, designed by Oscar Niemeyer with grounds by landscape architect Burle Marx, now holds all types of…

4. Museu de Artes e Ofícios

5.03 MILES

Housed in Belo’s historic train station, this museum displays a wide-ranging collection of objects used in the daily lives of mineiros past and present…

5. Parque Municipal


One of Beagá's most appealing spots, this enormous sea of tropical greenery with artificial lakes and winding pathways is just 10 minutes southeast of the…

6. Museu Mineiro

5.51 MILES

Occupying a grand 19th-century building that formerly housed the Minas Gerais Senate, this museum features a mix of paintings and sculptures by mineiro…

7. Memorial Minas Gerais – Vale

5.66 MILES

Praça da Liberdade's standout cultural attraction, this supremely cool contemporary museum chronicles Minas culture from the 17th to 21st centuries via…

8. Museu das Minas e do Metal

5.68 MILES

Opened in 2010, the Museu das Minas e do Metal traces the economic, cultural and social history of mining in Minas Gerais, with multiple floors of mineral…