OURO PRETO AND BELO HORIZONTE

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OURO PRETO AND BELO HORIZONTE

  1. 1. OURO PRETO Photos by eduardo gontijo and Belo Horizonte
  2. 2. Founded by the portuguese at the end of the 17th century, Vila Rica do Ouro Preto (Black Gold) was the focal point of the gold rush and Brazil's golden age in the 18th century. It is a former colonial mining town situated in the mountains of the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The site has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Its colonial architecture is all preserved, with little signs of modern urban life. Churches decorated with gold and the works of Aleijadinho make Ouro Preto a popular tourist destination. Ouro Preto was capital of the state of Minas Gerais from 1822 until 1897, when the government moved to the new and planned city of Belo Horizonte The music in this slideshow is from Padre Jose Mauricio Nunes Garcia, Brazilian composer of the XVIII century. Experts will note tthat melody at times reminds of the Brazilian National Anthem, which isn’t surprising since he was the teacher of the hymn’s author

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