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Minas Gerais Sights

Igreja de Santa Efigênia

  • Rua de Santa Efigênia s/n Map It
  • Centro
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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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, the teacher of the noted sculptor Aleijadinho.

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Rua de Santa Efigênia s/n, Ouro Preto, 35400–000, Brazil

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  • R$2
  • Tues.–Sun. 8:30–4:30


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