The Wanderer travel blog

Streets of Ouro Preto

Ouro Preto is one of Brazil's best preserved colonial towns, and was recently listed as one of 26 national towns to benefit from large grants to restore and develop the sites for tourism and awewareness of their national importance.

The wealth at the time of the goldrush in the 1700s facilitated the building of many impressive churches, not just in terms of their architecture, but also for their sculptures and carving, many completed by the revered Aleijadinho who, although he had lost use of his feet and hands, created the most amazing works by having chisels and hammers strapped to his body.

The town is also the site of the InconfidĂȘncia Mineira, the first uprising against the colonial forebearers in 1789.

The short visit included visiting many of the churches, a new museum dedicated to the national heroes/martyrs of the InconfidĂȘncia Mineira, and also a visit to some fo the old mines - delving back in history, at the same time hoping to find a nugget of my own to fund further trips - but alas none for the taking....

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