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.
Brazilian Baroque Architecture
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