The name Ouro Preto is literally translated to mean ‘Black Gold’ and is used in reference to the historic city in the Brazilian State of Minas Gerais. It was a former mining town that features heavy Baroque architectural marvels. The town is located at the Serra do Espinhaco mountains and for its historical value, the city was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1980.

Historic Town of Ouro Preto you gotta go here

The name Ouro Preto is literally translated to mean ‘Black Gold’ and is used in reference to the historic city in the Brazilian State of Minas Gerais. It was a former mining town that features heavy Baroque architectural marvels. The town is located at the Serra do Espinhaco mountains and for its historical value, the city was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1980.

The city becomes a major focal point in the 18th century Brazil history as it was started by thousands of soldiers that were eager to enrich themselves from the gold deposits of the mountain. Amazingly, the soldiers were followed by many artists who would cash in from the windfall by producing quality works of Art. One such artist is the famous Antonio Francisco Lisboa who painted the São Francisco of Assis church

Gold was discovered in Minas Gerais in the 15th century. A settlement was subsequently started in 1698. Later, the settlement will grow into several villas the second of which was known as Vila Rica and thus when the State of Minas Gerais attained the independent Capitania state in 1720, Vila Care became its capital. From the mineral wealth, the town grew very quickly such that when the Brazilians started to agitate for independence in the 18th century, it became home to a movement known as Inconfidência Mineira. Unfortunately, the mineral resources started declining and the town’s fortunes changed. The town would become an imperial town under a new name – Ouro Preto. A new name attracted new investments. However, the town would decline again and this time, it will decline for a long time until the 1930s when it became a tourist center.

The hilly landscape, baroque style houses, artistic masterpieces and irregular urban layout keeps the tourists thoroughly entertained. The fused Brazilian architecture that features European influences especially through Baroque and Rococo architectural styles give the town an alluring beauty that can only be found in European cities such as Venice.

Among the most popular buildings in this city include; The Church of Saõ Francisco de Assis, Our Lady of the Pillar, the Rosário dos Homens Pretos, the Virgin of the Conceição, Virgin of Carmel, the House of the Baroness, the chafarizes of the High Da Cruz and Alto of the Heads.

Also noteworthy are the city’s fountains and bridges that compound the urban natural beauty. Ouro Preto is the kind of town you take your spouse for a relaxing holiday to commemorate your years together.

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