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Belo Horizonte Travel Guide

Pampulha



An artifical lagoon also the name of the surrounded residential neighborhood.

Many of Belo Horizonte's cultural landmarks are located in Pampulha, including the football stadium Mineirão, Church of São Francisco (designed by Oscar Niemeyer) and the Museum of Modern Art.

This 1940's neighborhood has some of the highlights of Brazil modern archicture, including the São Francisco de Assis Church. The building is not shocking by itself, until you realize it was meant to be a church. Not surprisingly, the Catholic Church refused to consecrate it for more than one decade. Next to the church, there's the Parque Guanabara, an amusement park that is small, but worth visiting. In Pampulha lies the world-famous Iate Tenis Clube, founded along with the Pampulha Architectural Complex designed by Oscar Niemeyer. Invitations to the club can be bought at the place (they are free if you know someone affiliated to the club).



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