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Subject: Rubens Donizete, Historic Centre (Salvador, Bahia), Goiás, Goiás, Emas National Park, Soapstone
Collection: Populated Places in Minas Gerais, World Heritage Sites in Brazil
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There is another settlement called Congonhas in Minas Gerais state, south of Belo Horizonte (see Congonhas do Norte), and yet another in Santa Catarina state (see Congonhas, Santa Catarina).
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Matosinhos
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Type Cultural
Criteria i, iv
Reference 334
UNESCO region Latin America and the Caribbean
Inscription history
Inscription 1985 (9th Session)

Congonhas (Congonhas do Campo) is a historical Brazilian city located in the state of Minas Gerais. It is situated 90 kilometres (56 mi) south from Belo Horizonte, the capital of state of Minas Gerais, by the highway BR-040. The city has a population of 50,000.

The city is notable for its basilica - the Santuário do Bom Jesus do Matosinhos - and associated soapstone sculptures which were commissioned by Portuguese adventurer, Feliciano Mendes in the 18th century. It was created by Aleijadinho, one of the best artists in the baroque style in the world. The twelve sculptures of old testament prophets around the terrace are considered amongst his finest work.

In 1985 UNESCO granted the Sanctuary the title of a World Heritage Site.

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