Welcome to Black Gold City of gold, churches and good food Ouro Preto in English means "Black Gold" And mining was the source of wealth and prosperity of this ancient capital of Minas Gerais Today is a major tourist destination for its preserved historical center and stunning decoration in churches Ouro Preto has 14 churches Preserved for its history and cultural value Each church is decorated with golden statues, golden paintings and some even have gold walls You want to know where did all that gold? In the 18th century, the mines around Ouro Preto was one of the largest producers of gold to the Portuguese crown The largest mine where about 35 tons of gold were extracted is Pass Mine The mine is near Ouro Preto, and the bus takes only 20 minutes Entrance to the first and largest open mine to the public is trough a small train similar to that used by miners The tour continues in underground tunnels where the miners mostly slaves used to mineirar gold The water flooded the mine beyond and created a wonderful underground lake that is popular, especially for divers Even if it is a little cold is a pleasant experience at least swim in it Less than 30 km from Ouro Preto is the oldest city of Minas Gerais, called Mariana The best way to visit Ouro Preto Mariana is reconstructed by a locomotive Just as 100 years ago, you can enjoy a 40-minute guided tour through beautiful nature with amazing waterfalls Mariana is the square Minas Gerais, where the main sights are located Visit the camera home and prison offers knowledge about the history and administration of the region In the same square are also two churches The time of the gold rush left amazing cultural heritage for humanity For people who like history, the city has several museums Inside the "House of Tales", where gold was heavy and cast is, for example, an exhibition on the gold cycle and Brazilian history connected Down the street from Casa dos Contos is the Mother Church of Our Lady of Pilar This church decorated with over 400 kilograms of gold is the Black Gold symbol of wealth Every church is in gold, the walls and altars are filled with so many angels and golden cherubs that seems impossible to count them all The Ouro Preto heart is the Tiradentes Square, surrounded by many important buildings The square received the Brazilian national hero name of Tiradentes, who led revolutionary movement to gain independence from Portugal The museum in the square Tiradentes is dedicated to Minas Conspiracy, which aimed at the creation of the first Brazilian Republic Saint Francis of Assisi is decorated with wonderful paintings by Aleijadinho Unfortunately we can not show you because this church, as well as in most other churches is forbidden to take photos and film Aleijadinho was a famous architect who decorated several churches in Brazil Part of the church is a small museum dedicated to his work Next to the church is open daily a market where soapstone crafts are being sold After walking through Ouro Preto, we recommend you to enjoy its nightlife Try the local cuisine of Minas Gerais, as well as their cachaça with honey The pleasant atmosphere of Ouro Preto ensures that your trip here will be very quiet If you want to know more about the history of Brazil, Ouro Preto is the city for you.
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