Built in imposing neo-gothic style, this church was inaugurated in 1945, and in 1952 was elevated to the status of basilica by Pope Pius Xll. It originated as a small chapel erected in 1875 by Antônio Ferreira da Silva Jr., Viscount of Embaré, and his wife, and handed to the Franciscans in 1913, who began work on the new building in 1930.
A classic composition above the main entrance depicts Saint Anthony receiving the infant Jesus from the hands of the Virgin. Interestingly, the image of Saint Peter – which should be on the right when you leave the church, since he is always the apostle on Christ’s right – stands on the left, while Saint Paul is on the right. Inside, the 18 meters of floor to ceiling space are completely covered by frescos, the work of Pedro Gentili. These were executed in 1946 and restored in 2001. Flanked by two wooden sculpted angels, the magnificent organ has 3,800 pipes.