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Ouro Preto in Brazil

Ouro Preto is a 17th century colonial city framed by the Serra do Espinhaço mountains in Minas Gerais. Famous for creating one of the biggest gold rushes of humanity, and Brazil’s independence movement, this is now a lively university town. Several steep cobblestone street slopes from the central Tiradentes Square meander across town featuring chapels, churches, bridges, fountains, and quaint cafes that serve local rustic dishes. The beautifully preserved Brazilian Baroque architecture, and the magnificent churches embellished with hundreds of kilograms of gold, stand testament to Ouro Preto’s splendid past. Saint Francis of Assisi Church and Basílica Nossa Senhora do Pilar are among noteworthy examples that house Aleijadinho’s carved sculptures. Several specialty museums dedicated to oratories, medicines, gemstones, and Brazil’s history, are spread across town showcasing the life and style of Ouro Preto’s heydey.

Themes

  • Heritage

Highlights

  • Colonial Heritage
  • Brazilian Baroque Architecture
  • Specialty Museums

Places to Stay

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Hotel Pousada do Arcanjo

Style: Boutique

Hotel Pousada do Arcanjo is located in the outer border of the historic center, only 10 minute walk from Tiradentes Square.

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Hotel Solar do Rosário

Style: Guest house

Solar do Rosario is a lovingly-restored colonial property that is set right at the heart of Ouro Preto. Conveniently located, the 19th century mansion enjoys proximity to places of interest.

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Pousada do Mondego

Style: Boutique

Pousada do Mondego is conveniently located at the heart of the city, minutes from attractions such as Tiradentes Plaza and Saint Francis of Assisi Church.

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