Minas Gerais Sights

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Casa dos Contos

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This colonial site dating from the 1780s has had many uses: a prison, a tax collection center, and a coinage house, among others. It...

Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The impressive Our Lady of Carmel Church, completed in 1776, contains the last works of notable Brazilian sculptor Aleijadinho. It was...

Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Pilar

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Local lore has it that 400 pounds of gold and silver leaf were used to cover the interior of Ouro Preto's most richly decorated church,...

Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The small, intriguing Church of Our Lady of the Rosary of the Blacks was inaugurated by slaves in 1785, some of whom bought their freedom...

Igreja de Santa Efigênia

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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...

Igreja de São Francisco de Assis

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Considered the masterpiece of Brazilian sculptor Aleijadinho, this church was begun in 1766 by the Franciscan Third Order but wasn't...

Museu da Inconfidência

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One of the best historical museums in Brazil, this former 18th-century prison and onetime city hall has great interactive computer and...

Museu de Ciência e Técnica

  • Museum/Gallery

In the former governor's palace, the Museum of Science and Technology contains an enormous collection of stunning precious and semiprecious...

Museu do Oratório

  • Museum/Gallery

Established in the historic house of the St. Carmel novitiate, once a home to Aleijadinho, this museum celebrates 18th- and 19th-century...

Teatro Municipal Casa da Ópera

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Billed as the oldest operating theater in Latin America, this former opera house opened in 1770. The Associação de Guias has information...