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Igreja de Santa Efigênia

Igreja de Santa Efigênia Review

On a hill east of Praça Tiradentes, this interesting slave church was built over the course of 60 years (1730–90) and was funded by Chico-Rei. This African ruler was captured during Brazil's gold rush and sold to a mine owner in Minas Gerais. Chico eventually earned enough money to buy his freedom—in the days before the Portuguese prohibited such acts—and became a hero among slaves. The clocks on the facade are the city's oldest, and the interior contains cedar sculptures by Francisco Xavier de Brito, Aleijadinho's teacher.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Rua de Santa Efigênia s/n, Centro, Ouro Preto, 35400–000
  • Phone: 031/3551–5047
  • Cost: R$2
  • Hours: Tues.–Sun. 8:30–4:30
  • Location: Ouro Preto
Updated: 06-24-2013

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