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Destinations   Ouro Preto

Founded in the early 18th Century it is the masterpiece of colonial architecture in Brazil. Declared by UNESCO Cultural Patrimony of Mankind. The highlights of a visit to Ouro Preto are: Church of St.Francis of Assissi, a masterpiece of Brazilian religious architecture, designed and sculpted in wood and soapstone by Aleijadinho; Museum of the School of Mines: gives a complete mineralogical view of Brazil, in addition to displays of geological artifacts from other countries; Church of Our Lady of Pilar: a church that marked the culmination of Golden Age architecture, with carved works painted entirely in gold. To have an idea of the richness of the Ouro Preto soil we can only say that the Imperial Topaz, one of our most beautiful and enviable stones is, to this day, only found in Ouro Preto. Casa dos Contos a beautiful 18th Century building that houses today a collection of gold coins of the colonial period. Lunch will be a taste of typical Mineira dishes of the regions: Feijão Tropeiro and Tutu à Mineira (two different dishes using beans).

Ouro Preto's temperature varies from 6 to 28° C. In June and July – winter – it can drop to 2° C.

How to get there
By Air: The Belo Horizonte airport is 100 km away and it allows access from all Brazilian capitals.
By Highway: Depart Belo Horizonte on the BR 040, then, after 36 km, take the state highway leading to the town.

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