Belo Horizonte

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About Belo Horizonte

Belo Horizonte is a Brazilian city, state capital of Minas Gerais. It belongs to the Greater Region of Belo Horizonte and the micro-region of Belo Horizonte. With an area of ​​approximately 330 km , has a diverse geography, with hills and lowlands, lying 716 km from Brasilia, the national capital.

Surrounded by the Sierra del Corral, which serves as its natural and historical reference frame, was designed and built to be the political and administrative capital of the state mining under the influence of ideas of positivism, a time of strong appeal of Republican ideology in the country. He suffered an unexpected and rapid population growth, reaching more than one million people with almost 70 years of foundation. Between the 1930s and 1940s, there was also the advance of industrialization, and many buildings of modernist inspiration, especially the houses of the Garden City district, which helped define the face of the city.

The city is known worldwide and exerts significant influence national and even international, either in terms of cultural, economic or political. It has important monuments, parks and museums as the Museum of Pampulha Art, the Museum of Arts and Crafts, Museum of Natural Sciences PUC Minas, Circuit Cultural Freedom Square, the Pampulha Architectural Group, the Central Market and Savassi and high profile events such as Creamfields Festival Brazil, the International Festival of Theatre, Stage and Street, International Short Film Festival and the International Meeting of Literatures in Portuguese.

Another type of culture is also present in the capital: a good table. Scattered in different neighborhoods, especially in Savassi and Lourdes, the restaurants great pride when the subject is abundant and tasty cuisine mining. International cuisine, however, is also present and enchants even the palates raised on beans drover, tutu, collard greens, ribs, among others. The city is home to dozens of great houses specializing in Italian recipes, French and even Iran.

Despite the glamor and the expansion of haute cuisine, "Belzonte" will not give up its traditional pubs. The city boasts the highest number of bars per capita in the country, which encouraged the creation in 2000, the Food Festival di Buteco. The event takes place in April and May, when customers choose the best snacks served in the capital. Delights spiked with sausage, tenderloin or pork rind always go ahead and make even more successful when accompanied by a cold beer or a typical bright white.


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