Basílica do Santuário Nacional de Nossa Senhora Aparecida (Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida), Brazil

As a follow up on the previous post about Notre Dame, here is another impressive catholic church that is located in the city Aparecida just outside Rodovia Presidente Dutra (BR-116, the main highway between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro) in the state of São Paulo in Brazil.

The exterior may not be as interesting as the Gothic cathedrals, but this is actually one of the largest church buildings in the world. And by “largest” I mean floor area. With its 12 000 m², it’s only surpassed by St. Peters Basilica in Vatican City. Compared to lots of churches that are surrounded by tall buildings in cities, this one being in the open, makes it quite visible in the landscape.

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As seen in the first picture, an elevated walkway leads from the old church to the new one

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Parts of the parking.

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Some other impressive facts:
Tower height 102 m.
Inside fit 45-70 000 people.
Receives about 10 million visitors per year.
The grounds contain a shopping mall, medical clinic, restaurants and a helipad.
270 000 m² parking lot that can hold 4000 buses and 6000 cars.

 

 

Author: isousaoneshaug

We are husband and wife who like to take photos on our free time and travels.

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