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Church of Saint Francis of Assisi

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Situated on the south side of Pampulha Lake, 200 miles due north of Rio de Janeiro in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi is the first listed modern architectural monument in Brazil. Designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, famous for his pioneering use of reinforced concrete, and architect of UN Headquarters in New York amongst other works, the church was mired in controversy from its inception, with its modern style immediately conflicting with the conservative Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Belo Horizonte. Completed in 1943, it took 16 years for the church to be consecrated, and today, the Church of Francis Assisi is a functioning part of the Archdiocese of Belo Horizonte, as well as a tourist destination for students of architecture.

The building features Niemeyer’s trademark reinforced concrete together with glass in the form of four parabolas, with a large mosaic of St. Francis on an outer wall. The church is just a short distance away from the campus of the Federal Univeristy of Minas Gerais, downtown Belo Horizonte, and the Belo Horizonte airport. Nearby hotel accommodations include the Hotel Fazenda Vera Cruz, Hotel Pampulha Garden, Ouro Minas Palace Hotel, and Hotel Portinari.

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