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Minas Gerais Sights

Igreja de Santa Efigênia

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 06/24/2013

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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, Aleijadinho's teacher.

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



Sight Details:

  • R$2
  • Tues.–Sun. 8:30–4:30

Updated 06/24/2013


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