The Phenomenon of Religious Tourism at the Sanctuary of Senhor Bom Jesus de Matosinhos in Congonhas (MG)

Authors

  • Nayara Souza Fernandes Mestranda em Turismo e Patrimônio pela Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto (PPGTURPATRI/UFOP)
  • Maria do Carmo Pires Professora Associada do Departamento de Turismo da Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto (UFOP).

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6879146

Keywords:

Heritage, Religious Heritage, Jubilee, Congonhas (MG)

Abstract

The Sanctuary of Senhor Bom Jesus de Matosinhos in Congonhas (MG) hosts an architectural and sculptural complex of undeniable artistic and cultural value, however, the site differs from other religious heritage sites in that while these sites usually attract a large public due to their historical and artistic value, the Sanctuary has a significant amount of religious tourism which makes it one of the largest pilgrimage sites in the country. Within this perspective, the study attempts to understand the factors that justify this phenomenon, performing an analysis of the Sanctuary, that takes into account its material and symbolic universe, as well as data on tourist visitation at the location. The research points out that the large influx of religious tourism is a result of the secular celebration of the Jubilee of the Bom Jesus de Matosinhos that takes place in the vicinity of the Sanctuary, however, it is concluded that the real element responsible for this phenomenon lies in the junction between the material and the intangible, in the field of practices and cultural exchanges that are provided by the festival, which in turn is conditioned to the materiality of the Sanctuary.

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Author Biographies

Nayara Souza Fernandes, Mestranda em Turismo e Patrimônio pela Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto (PPGTURPATRI/UFOP)

Mestranda em Turismo e Patrimônio pela Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto (PPGTURPATRI/UFOP) (2021-2023). Graduação em Museologia / UFOP (2020). CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/4445496117027011 [ nayara.fernandes1@aluno.ufop.edu.br ].

Maria do Carmo Pires, Professora Associada do Departamento de Turismo da Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto (UFOP).

Doutora em História pela Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (2005). Professora Associada do Departamento de Turismo da Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto (UFOP). Coordenadora do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Turismo e Patrimônio da UFOP. CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/5506409841588052 [ maricpires@ufop.edu.br ]

Published

2022-07-22

How to Cite

Fernandes, N. S., & Pires, M. do C. (2022). The Phenomenon of Religious Tourism at the Sanctuary of Senhor Bom Jesus de Matosinhos in Congonhas (MG). Anais Brasileiros De Estudos Turísticos, 12(1), 1–14. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6879146