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Pope's Square
Brazil

The Israel Pinheiro Square , better known as Pope's Square, is an important square located in the district of Mangabeiras, in the city of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. It is situated near the base of the Curral Sierra, at an altitude of more than 1100 m, in a luxury district with large and high level homes. It is famous for bringing together tourists, street vendors and residents in the city.


The square is divided into two parts: the base, with a large lawn and an area of children's entertainment, and the top, paved, with a large free area, a large staircase and a sculpture of the plastic artist Ricardo Carvão. It is a traditional viewpoint, where you can have one of the best views in town. For its wide space, is widely used for events such as musical shows, shows of dance and theater shows.
View from the base of the square, from the Agulhas Negras Avenue, with the Curral Sierra at the bottom.

In 1980, when Pope John Paul II was in the capital of Minas Gerais, there was mounted a platform on which His Holiness blessed the city. Since then, the place was known as the Plaza of the Pope and became a privileged space for music concerts and religious gatherings. A monument was erected to celebrate the date. Framing the landscape is the Curral Sierra. Beside of the square there are other attractions, such as Mangabeiras Park and the Street of Peanuts.

 

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Copyright: Luis Padilha
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 4980x2490
Taken: 27/05/2009
Uploaded: 14/06/2009
Updated: 06/01/2019
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Tags: pope's square; belo horizonte; minas gerais; brazil
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