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Brazilian idol Pele rests in golden tomb in luxurious mausoleum in Sao Paulo

/ 07:30 AM May 20, 2023

The memorial dedicated to Pele is a luxurious mausoleum

FILE PHOTO: Legendary Brazilian soccer player Pele speaks to journalists during an exhibition on the country’s past World Cup participations entitled “Brazil, a country, a world” at the Ulysses Guimaraes Convention Center in Brasilia on December 17, 2013. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino/File Photo

The memorial dedicated to Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pele, is a luxurious mausoleum where the remains of the Brazilian idol rest in a solid gold coffin on the outskirts of Sao Paulo.

The tomb where “O Rei” was buried after his death from advanced colon cancer is on the first floor of the Memorial Necropole Ecumenica vertical cemetery, considered the highest in the world, located less than a kilometer from the Vila Belmiro stadium of his beloved club Santos.


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With a stadium-like setting, images of fans in the stands, synthetic turf on the floor, and a small painted sky on the ceiling, the room where the three-time world champion is laid to rest features two life-size golden statues in addition to the gleaming coffin.

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The memorial dedicated to Pele is a luxurious mausoleum

FILE PHOTO: General view of the mausoleum of Brazilian football legend Pele at the Memorial Necropole Ecumenica cemetery REUTERS/Carla Carniel

The golden tomb is adorned with a cross at the top and two panels on the sides, recreating the 1000th goal and the famous fist-in-the-air celebration he made when scoring at the Maracana stadium in 1969.

In the corners of the memorial hall are the only three jerseys worn by the Brazilian idol, the one from Santos, the Brazilian national team, and the New York Cosmos, where he retired in 1977.

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The venue is expected to attract visitors from all over the world, turning the city of Santos into a tourist attraction, but at the moment only 60 people a day are allowed in, subject to registration.



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