Belo Horizonte is the capital of the Minas Gerais state, the sixth largest city of Brazil, and the 13th largest city in South America. The design of the city is in an orderly grid, and features a unique blend of contemporary and classical architecture. Belo Horizonte is noted for being one of the host cities of the FIFA World cup in 1950 and 2014.
Mangabeiras Park - The park on the slopes of Curral Hills is the largest environmental reserve of Belo Horizonte, and one of the largest parks in Latin America. The park serves as a good venue for sports and leisure. Mangabeiras Park is guaranteed to be a great place for families, children, and nature lovers to visit.
Praça da Liberdade - The name translates to Liberty Square. It is the beautiful, well-maintained, palm tree-lined principal square in the city, surrounded by buildings from the 19th century.
Museu de Artes e Ofícios - Belo Horizonte's Museum of Arts and Crafts features over 2,000 artefacts from the 18th to the 20th century. It is situated in the pavilions of the former buildings of Central Station and the Oeste de Minas Station, separated by the line currently used by the BH subway. The two pavilions are connected by a tunnel under the platforms.
Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto - The Mineirão Stadium is the largest football stadium in Minas Gerais. The stadium was built in 1965, and served as one of the venues of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Mineirão Stadium will also host some of the football tournament matches of the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Church of Saint Francis of Assisi - The church in Belo Herizonte's Pampulha region has a controversial history behind it. Its modern architecture was designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, claiming he was inspired by the statement of French poet Paul Claudel, expressing that "A church is God's hangar on earth." However, the Archbishop of Belo Horizonte, Antonio dos Santos Cabral, did not approve of the structure. Niemeyer refurbished the church long after, and Auxiliary Archbishop João Rezende Costa finally agreed to consecrate it. The church was only consecrated in 1959 despite the construction being completed in 1943.
How to get around within Belo Horizonte
The buses in Belo Horizonte are color-coded; yellow buses circulate within a same city region, blue buses pass through downtown from one region of the city to another, red buses travel from one region of the city to downtown and then back, orange buses travel from one region of the city to another but avoid going through downtown, and green buses serve BHBUS stations.
Belo Horizonte also features one of the best taxi fleets in Latin America; the service is reliable and fairly inexpensive.
How to get there
There are two airports serving Belo Horizonte: Tancredo Neves International Airport (formerly Confins International Airport) and Belo Horizonte/Pampulha–Carlos Drummond de Andrade Airport. Tancredo Neves International Airport is main air passenger gateway into the country. It is served by airlines Aerolíneas Argentinas, American Airlines, Avianca Brazil, Azul Brazilian Airlines, Copa Airlines, Gol Transportes Aéreos, TAM Airlines, and TAP Portugal. Argentina, Panama, and Miami are some of its international destinations.
Meanwhile, Pampulha Airport works with Azul Brazilian Airlines and Passaredo Linhas Aéreas to provide flights to other regions in Brazil.
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