National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida

National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida

National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida
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12:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Mazeva
Rio de Janeiro, RJ29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
As an atheist, I'm skeptical to all religious landmarks but the National Sanctuary, like others, is very interesting. Don't need to stay very long and don't forget to buy a souvenir in the official store for a catholic friend.
Written 6 August 2019
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Patricia M
Brasilia, DF35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
A blessed place. All good energies, prays are there.
An amazing sacred visit, there are lots of shops to buy gifts and also a shopping where you can eat.
The church is wonderful and very beautiful. You can attend the mass every hour.
Written 6 August 2019
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Murilo Rocha
Curitiba, PR128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
This is hands-down the most mind-blowingly huge church I've ever seen. It seems big on the pictures but you have no idea how freaking immense it is until you're there. When I went to Aparecida for the first time, I entered the city by bus at more or less 3 A.M. and the whole church was illuminated, it was breathtaking. I was sleeping in a hotel with a very very very nice view of the church and you could hear the bells ringing from all the way down there at the church. The city is very small and EVERYTHING that happens on it has something to do with Our Lady of Aparecida, so this is pretty much a catholic hotspot in Brazil. There's no other reason to go there - unless maybe if you like seeing really big buildings (the church is extremely beautiful, regardless of faith or lack thereof). The church has some nice rooms for you to light candles and there's other room where people stick notes with prayers on the walls and is very beautiful to see, you can feel the people's faith there. In this room there also a lot of objects belonging to people who received a grace, for example, people who gained the ability to walk and left their wheelchair there. Very good place! Be aware though that the whole city is crowded as you wouldn't believe. Also, make sure to visit the old church, for a little bit of history (the old church is in the city center, and is a very small church, where it all begun). Also, try to get to know the story of what exactly is the devotion of Aparecida before going in, that will make your trip and the things you see much more meaningful and interesting.
Written 12 July 2019
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Thomas and Akasha
Arcata, CA63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
An interesting complex. We hiked up the manger hill, the sanctuary is amazing I lived it. Beautiful design and use of color. The glass was my favorite. Worth the stop.
Written 16 March 2019
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PortAzor
Amsterdam, The Netherlands250 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018
Construction of the basilica began in 1955 but was not dedicated until 1980 by Pope John Paul II while it was still under construction. In addition to Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict and Pope Francis have all visited during their pontificate.
The basilica can accommodate up to 45,000 people but during special events and especially the feast of the Patroness of Brazil, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Aparecida, that number can swell to 70,000 in all the various areas of the shrine. The image of Our Lady is less than 36 inches tall but the devotion to Our Lady Aparecida is phenomenal. On two separate visits, the first being a few years ago and on a weekday I experienced the difference of a nearly empty church, to during this current visit a church packed to the doors because of a special event of families of those with addictions.
In the shrine is an area of making promises for favors requested of Our Lady where candles are lighted and left behind as an extension of the prayer of the faithful. There is an elevated area at the back of the sanctuary where people walk by the image, very well protected after an incident of theft where the image was left shattered. Now repaired there is nothing left to chance of a similar incident occurring.
The entire basilica is a place of prayer with the Eucharistic Chapel especially set aside as a place of solitude and refection. In the lower part of the basilica is a cafeteria with many offerings from snacks to full meals. There are a couple of stores where all manner of reminders of your trip to the Sanctuary can be purchased.
The only place where there is a charge to visit is the museum in the tower. It's definitely worth a visit as it traces the history of the finding of the statue by three fishermen in the river.
Written 10 August 2018
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Jane Morais
Santo Antonio De Jesus, BA106 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
It’s a beautiful place but there are a lot of problems such as food, impolite people in the stores and many services problems. This place must have to be improve to receive many faithful people.
Written 20 July 2018
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Rodrigo
Rio de Janeiro, RJ40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
Great Basilica. It's very big and you ca easily stay for a full day. There are plenty of things to see and admire. Really worth the visit and pray.
Written 8 June 2018
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Gene H
Chattanooga, TN22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
As an American catholic that was in Brazil for work I am so glad that that my colleague suggested to travel to this site. I had been to the Sao Paulo area many times but had not heard of this National Sanctuary before and as such did not know what to expect. It just happened to be Good Friday when we traveled there. I was worried it might be crowded, as we saw people walking besides the highway making their pilgrimage to the site, but it was not super crowded.

The church is distinctly different than the old cathedrals of Europe. It pulls the Basilica style together with a more modern and restrained style rather than the ornate style. It is still impressive due to its shear size and its ability to allow so many to see the mass from all four directions. If the crowd is really large (such as when the pope was there) it has a large plaza that takes inspiration from St. Peters.

One thing we did not do is get a tour of the site and as such we did not know the whole story of the site until I returned and read up on the site on the internet. It would have been nice to know a few of the highlights of the history. In not knowing the history I did not actually get to see the shrine to the statue that was found by the fishermen. I recommend that one should make that part of their tour.

I also went into the town and seen the old basilica that was home to the shrine prior to building the new church. Getting there and walking around the town is quite the experience for an American. So many vendors selling all the same souvenirs and trinkets. Besides all of the stores in the city there is a street full of more vendors under tents.
Written 31 March 2018
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Phil
Sao Luis, MA57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Friends
All world traveller that visits Brazil must go to Aparecida. It's a symbol of faith and tells a lot about Brazilian people.
You gonna see people from all around the country and abroad, in a peaceful ambience.
They have an impressive infrastructure: restaurants, parking lot, etc.
Don't miss the cableway for nice pictures.
Written 23 January 2018
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Paulo G
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
Contrasting with Saint Peter's Catholic Cathedral luxury finest arts and materials in Vatican City, this large Basilica dedicated to Mary in the countryside of Brazil is beautiful, tropical, simple and welcoming. Built in the shape of a Greek Cross (+) father than a Latin Cross, it has the main altar at its centre, in such a way that wherever you are you can have a pretty good view of the Preacher. Underground facilities, as toilets, canteen, shops make it very convenient for visiting and attending to masses. Cláudio Pastro's signature art ( murals, sculptures, paintings ...) are omnipresent at this Basilica. There's a niche bearing the original sculpture found at the bottom of the Paraíba do Sul river in 1717 by humble fishermen.
Written 24 November 2017
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