Minas Gerais

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  • 1. Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo

    Centro | 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 originally...Read More

  • 2. Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Pilar

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    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, built...Read More

  • 3. Igreja de São Francisco de Assis

    Centro | 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 completed...Read More

  • 4. Museu da Inconfidência

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 5. Casa dos Contos

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 6. Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos

    Centro | 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 with...Read More

  • 7. Igreja de Santa Efigênia

    Centro | 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 Chico-Rei...Read More

  • 8. Museu de Ciência e Técnica

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 9. Museu do Oratório

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 10. Teatro Municipal Casa da Ópera

    Centro | Arts/Performance Venue

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

  • 11. Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The charming Our Lady of the Conception church, decorated in unique rose and blue pastels, was completed in 1760. It contains the tomb of Aleijadinho...Read More

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