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Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Medalha Milagrosa
(Monte Sião, Brazil)

According to research, the authorization of the Bishopric of St. Paul, for the building of the chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, given by the Provision dated March 29, 1849 and the first house of worship was located right in the center square of the current "Mayor Mario Zucato ". 

History

Their respective official blessing took place April 13, 1850, also by provision of the Chapter House of St Paul, which belonged ecclesiastically the chapel. In 1881, the then curate of Monte Sião was elevated to canonical institution of the Parish Church of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. In 1934, the paroquiato of Father José Eugenio Faria, better known as Father Zequinha began the construction of the present Church, the same place the previous. Four years later, the work being finished passed the responsibility of the new vicar, Father Gustavo Moreira de Abreu. Thereafter modifications were made, and construction completed in the 50s. 
 
In the period from 1974 to 1998 the parish was under the care of the priests Congregation of the Augustinians of the Assumption. On November 5, 1999, after many studies, research, evidence of Graces received through the intercession of  Our Lady and for being the first site in the world dedicated to the Miraculous Medal gives solemnly elevation of the Shrine Church of Our Lady of the Medal  Miraculous by Decree of the Archbishop of Pouso Alegre Don Ricardo Pedro Pinto Chaves Filho.

What to See

South of the state of Minas Gerais, with pleasant climate, breathtaking scenery, fishing, mineral springs, good hotels and restaurants serving the famous local food, the city provides you with shopping and tourism all year round. 

Directions coming from:
 
Belo Horizonte: Use the Fernão Dias to Pouso Alegre, there follow towards Ouro Fino. From there you can go to Mount Sion (32 km) or jacutinga (27 km). 
Sao Paulo: Use Fernão Dias to Bragança Paulista, then take highway towards Lindenow, Waters Lindenow 9 km distant from Mount Zion
 
Rio de Janeiro: The shortest way is to use the highway Pres. Dutra to Queluz or Lorraine from there move toward Santa Rita do Sapucai - Pouso Alegre - Ouro Fino. De Ouro Fino at Mount Zion Alternatively you can use the Dutra Jacarei up, grab the Rod D. Peter Atibaia up from there follow the passage Atibaia-Bragança Paulista-Relief-Lindenow-Waters Lindenow and Monte Sião

See more information on the city site www.portalmontesiao.com.br

Festivals and Events

Festa de Padroeira -  The Novena celebrated with great solemnity in preparation for the 18th to 26th November. 27th, municipal holiday, celebrated on the Feast of the Patron, with Mass at the Shrine hour.

Basic Information

Year consecrated: 1849
Ecclesiastical status: Shrine
Architectural style: ---
Address: Rua Saudade, 82 Monte Sião Minas Gerais (MG), Brazil
Coordinates: -22.432778, -46.572778
Website: http://www.santuariodamedalha.org.br
Phone: (35) 3465-1105
Hours: Wed 7:00, Fri 15:00, Sat 19:00, Sun 7:00, 10:00 and 19:00
Cost: Free
Transportation: From Sao Paulo: Use Fernão Dias to Bragança Paulista, then take highway towards Lindenow, Waters Lindenow 9 km distant from Monte Sião
Lodging:

Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

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  • Histórico
    Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Medalha Milagrosa
    Retrieved Nov 4, 2013

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