Top 10 Things to do in Mariana, Brazil

August 21, 2017 Rebbecca Marino

Discover the best top things to do in Mariana, Brazil including Praca Minas Gerais, Sao Pedro dos Clerigos Cathedral, Catedral Basilica da Se, Praca Gomes Freire, Our Lady of Carmo Church, Centro Historico de Mariana, Steam train to Ouro Preto, Minas da Passagem, Pelourinho, Sao Francisco de Assis Church.
Restaurants in Mariana

1. Praca Minas Gerais

Rua Dom Silverio, Mariana, State of Minas Gerais 35420-000, Brazil 031-985363822
Excellent
54%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 479 reviews

Praca Minas Gerais

Reviewed By BindiB - Dunsmore, England

This square transports you back to a former age. It is flanked by churches, one of which is not open and appears to need renovation, and a museum. However, the square is atmospheric and looks over the newer part of the town. Cobbled streets lead off the square and it is very attractive and less visited than other towns. It is a gem.
The only negative aspect of visiting this area was constant harassment from guides (who spoke no English so of no value to us), postcard sellers and car parking "attendants" who look after your car and obviously expect money. The area seemed safe to us and at no other time in Minas Gerais did we experience this. A cold coke and beer at the cafe overlooking the square was a good "pit stop" because it had a verandah and you can watch the world go by! If this town is not on your itinerary, change your itinerary!

2. Sao Pedro dos Clerigos Cathedral

Praca Sao Pedro, Mariana, State of Minas Gerais 35420-000, Brazil (31) 3557-1216
Excellent
45%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 286 reviews

Sao Pedro dos Clerigos Cathedral

Mon-Fri 9am-4pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm

Reviewed By TQB - Rio de Janeiro

Different church, it looks like a modern one, but its constructio of wood and stone makes it different it's not barroque or rococo style,Beautiful

3. Catedral Basilica da Se

Praca Claudio Manoel, Mariana, State of Minas Gerais 35420-000, Brazil (31) 3557-1216
Excellent
43%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 283 reviews

Catedral Basilica da Se

Tue-Sun 8am-5pm

Reviewed By tiogegeca - Ouro Preto, MG

Best for the urban environment! Not only this building to visit but the others around are worth a visit too.

4. Praca Gomes Freire

Rua Dom Vicoso 1, Mariana, State of Minas Gerais 35420-000, Brazil 31-3558-1060
Excellent
45%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 181 reviews

Praca Gomes Freire

Reviewed By Sonia261 - Sao Bernardo Do Campo, SP

A Praça Gomes Freire é a praça central de Mariana. É uma bela praça, bem arborizada, limpa, com coreto, laguinho e rodeada por representativa arquitetura do século XVIII e XIX. É possível passar um tempo sentado nesta praça após um delicioso almoço mineiro de um restaurante da praça.

5. Our Lady of Carmo Church

Praca Minas Gerais, Mariana, State of Minas Gerais 35420-000, Brazil
Excellent
41%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 195 reviews

Our Lady of Carmo Church

Reviewed By tiogegeca - Ouro Preto, MG

Go and sear anywhere inside. No need to hear the local guides buble talk. Just stare every detail inside-out this incredible church. Notice the porcelain tiles. Check the thickness of the walls. Go behind the altar etc.

6. Centro Historico de Mariana

Mariana, State of Minas Gerais 35420-000, Brazil 31-985363822
Excellent
43%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 346 reviews

Centro Historico de Mariana

Reviewed By PaulMarc - London, United Kingdom

We stopped for lunch (well cakes) in this beautiful town. A much less touristy And smaller Ouro Preto!! Cobbled streets And amazing architecture.

7. Steam train to Ouro Preto

Estacao Ferroviaria - Praca Juscelino Kubitschek, s/n, Mariana, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Excellent
45%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 308 reviews

Steam train to Ouro Preto

Fri-Sun 2pm

Reviewed By Ellen_and_Pedro - Antwerp, Belgium

We visited Mariana and took the train back to Ouro Preto.
The train is nicely renovated (or new in an old style) and it is definitely a fun way of getting from one place to another and you do get prettier views from the train than from the road.
If you are in Ouro Preto/Mariana during the weekend (fri-sun) and can spare the 40Rs, enjoy the scenery from the train.

8. Minas da Passagem

Rua Eugenio Eduardo Rapallo 192, Mariana, State of Minas Gerais 35420-000, Brazil +55 31 3557 5000
Excellent
44%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Minas da Passagem

Mon-Tue 9am-5pm, Wed-Sun 9am-5.30pm

Reviewed By Vasundhrarao

So we haven't seen a mine before, for us, we were fascinated. It's huge so you don't feel closterfobic. There are lights inside and some ground water too that makes it quite interesting. The rise to the inside is quite fun too. Be careful of the days you go so there isn't much crowd. We went when there was nobody and it was good to spend some time alone there to see and be amazed, however they do have long lines sometimes and too crowded for comfort even.

Praca Minas Gerais, Mariana, State of Minas Gerais 35420-000, Brazil
Excellent
33%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 130 reviews

Pelourinho

Reviewed By Sonia261 - Sao Bernardo Do Campo, SP

O Pelourinho é um marco representativo da história do Brasil, ainda que seja uma página negra difícil de apagar! O Pelourinho está no centro da pequena Praça Minas Gerais. É imponente!

10. Sao Francisco de Assis Church

Praca Minas Gerais, Mariana, State of Minas Gerais 35420-000, Brazil
Excellent
39%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 143 reviews

Sao Francisco de Assis Church

Daily 8am-5pm

Reviewed By Lids745 - Melbourne, Australia

Beautifully baroque, worth visiting particularly on a Friday or Sunday, when you can catch the organ concert in the Cathedral and be transposed by the inspiring music.

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