Ouro Preto

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About Ouro Preto

Ouro Preto is a municipality in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. It is famous for its colonial architecture and possui9 a population of 70,227 inhabitants, according to the census of 2010 is distributed in 34,272 men and 35,955 women.

It was the first Brazilian city to be declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Historical and Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 1980.

The title of World Heritage was not granted a chance to Ouro Preto. The city houses the largest collection of Brazilian baroque architecture, preserving gems like the churches of St. Francis of Assisi, considered a style icon in the country and a masterpiece of Aleijadinho and Our Lady of Pilar, adorned with more than 400 pounds of gold .

Amid the cobblestone hills that cut across the old Vila Rica, are still fountains, chapels, museums and a beautiful colonial houses and tell stories that keep the ages 17 and 18 times the strength of the mines and the Minas Conspiracy.

During the day, the program is to discover altars and images, prospect pieces in antique shops and craft fairs in soapstone, leg hitting the shops and cafes Street Right ... To do this, do not forget comfortable shoes, which are also welcome to enjoy the night in the bars or at parties that agitate the republics of students.

More than 200 homes housing the approximately five thousand students of Federal University of Ouro Preto. This group is also responsible for the joy that she takes care of setting periods as Carnival - there are parades of blocks - and the Feast of the Twelve in October, when the anniversary of the School brings together current and former students.

During Holy Week the movement is also great. Many people come from afar to give the beauty of processions and carpets of flowers and sawdust that color the streets and lanes. To escape the hubbub, the options are embarking on the old steam train that leads to the nearby Mariana, or head for Itacolomi Peak, protected in a state park with 75 square kilometers filled with natural viewpoints.


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