Ouro Preto is a true open-air museum and a symbol of colonial Brazil.

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  • Nossa Sra do Carmo Church - Ouro Preto
    Nossa Sra do Carmo Church - Ouro Preto

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    Nossa Sra do Carmo Church - Ouro Preto

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After the gold rush in Brazil was erupted in the 18th century, Ouro Preto was an important centre. More and more people moved to the area and settled in the town. Ouro Preto grew and spread over the surrounding hills like chocolate sauce on an ice-Coupe. Now you still can stroll through the narrow streets that swing up and down, surrounded by beautiful colonial buildings.

The former Vila Rica (the name changed after the independence and the current name refers to canga, a ferrous mineral that gold grains hides) was the capital of the state of Minas Gerais till 1987 and was classified a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1980.

Against the background of narrow streets, buildings with two floors and churches located on hilltops, the most violent rebellion against the enemy took place. The Inconfidência Mineira (a patriotic movement that fought for the Brazilian independence) was precipitated in 1789 with the suspension of Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, who is better known as ' Tiradentes ' and now is part of the history. The reports of the rebellion are in the Museum of the Inconfidência, the former Municipal Palace and prison, that have pieces of furniture, utensils, documents and religious art objects in his collection. At the wide Tiradentes square is the Palace of the Governor where the Mineschool is located, a college that was founded during the Empire, and which also houses the Museum of Mineralogy. Worth a visit are the Casa dos Contos where gold was weighed and the municipal theatre.

Tiradentes

Tiradentes is a small town where you can find beautiful baroque architecture. The city owes its name to Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, known as Tiradentes. He had the nickname Tiradentes (teeth tractor), because of his job as a dentist, but was best known as Brazilian independence activist.

 

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