Igreja da Pampulha

Igreja da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte - Brazil, Oscar Niemeyer
Construction year: 1943
Address: Avenida Otacílio Negrão de Lima, 3000 - Pampulha | BELO HORIZONTE | Brazil
Latitude/Longitude: -19.85836, -43.97899

Igreja da Pampulha is a church in Belo Horizonte, in the state of Minas Gerais. It was designed by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in the organic modern style. It is the first listed modern architectural monument in Brazil and consists of four undulating concrete parabolas with outdoor mosaics. The structural calculation was made by Joaquim Cardozo. It was the last building to be inaugurated the architectural Pampulha set.

The church was controversial from the beginning. Some people tried to have it condemned and demolished and when that failed, abused it by filling it with altars and monuments of various styles. It was finally taken over by the National Department of Artistic and Historical Patrimony and the church was refurbished by Niemeyer, Auxiliary Archbishop João Rezende Costa and accepted as a place of “great artistic significance and a spiritual atmosphere”.

The Igreja da Pampulha is listed by the Heritage Institute for National Artistic (IPHAN), the State Institute of Historical and Artistic Heritage of Minas Gerais -Iepha / MG (1984) 3 and the Management of Municipal Heritage.

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