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Ouro Preto Travel Attractions

Posted on July 19, 2012 | Fascinating CitiesNo Comment


Visit the beautiful land of Brazil and come here and enjoy this beautiful way of experiencing travels to this part of the world. Visit Ouro Preto the lovely land filled with the greatest tour delights. Ouro Preto or Black gold was  the main point  of the gold rush during the golden age of Brazil sometime in the 18the century. The gold mines got depleted in the 19th century and the city started losing its influence but there were many churches and other structures like fountains and bridges which still remain as proof of existence of  an ancient land. These are proofs for the existence of a past prosperity and the sculptural elegance of an era of the past. Also the talent of Aleijadinho the great Baroque sculptor is seen here in this beautiful land of lovely delights.

Situated around 513 km that is north of the beautiful region of Rio De Janeiro , this is a beautiful land of Black Gold and was the main focus of a period that was called the golden Age. Initially called Vila Rica, this city had a lot of importance in the past. This was a city that was created by many soldiers of fortune who had come here to explore the entire deposits of gold and these were then followed by many other artists who had come here in this land of absolutely great delights and gave the most outstanding works like the Sao Francisco of Assis Church which was done by the great Antonio Francisco Lisboa.

Ouro preto travel

Around 100 kilometres from Belo Horizonte lies the beautiful region of Ouro Preto which is a perfect ancient destination spot today. The nearest airport is Belo Horizonte . One reaches Ouro Preto here by car.

Then you also have the buses that come here at the Rodaviaraa which lies on the northwestern border of the town. This is a very easily approachable region here in this part of the world.

Ouro Preto is the earlier capital of Minas Gerais which totally owes its entire existence to the fact that this was a land of gold and was mainly due to the creation of the Capitania de Sao Paulo e Minos which resulted in a lot of mining settlement got converted into small towns or villas. Vila Rica was the second town that was formed here. Minas Gerais then became Capitania which is an independent region sometime  in the year 1720 and had Vila Rica as its capital.

Ouro preto attractions

The entire town was made by grouping the small arriais or the smaller settlements on a hilly region where the houses which were mostly either single or double storeyed could support one another. They formed a very irregular layout and the entire contour of the landscape is worth seeing. The resources are mainly got from mining and there are lovely talents of the artists and the architectural masters who have been here. Today there has been a “Mining Baroque” style and has been greatly developed in the latter half of the 18th century. A lot of influence of the European Baroque and Rococo and Brazilian type of art is seen here.

Today the Church of Sao Francisco de Assis is today a great masterpiece of the architecture of the Brazilian type. Today Ouro Preto has many fine churches and interesting buildings to exhibit. See the Our Lady of the Pillar, the Virgin of the Conceicao, the Rosario dos Homens Pretos, and also the Virgin of the Carmel here and fill your travel with the greatest delights.

Go to the Tiradentes Square which is a very major point and is the place where all the roads diverge . There are many majestic buildings here which are private like the Old Parliament House, the School of Mines and Metallurgy.

Ouro preto festival

There is something very special about this town of Ouro Preto which is very popular for all the fountains and the bridges which totally merge with the perfect natural ambience of the country and the urban surroundings.

Go to the Itacolomi State Park which is a great place filled with the best kind of flora and fauna which has a great surrounding and the most beautiful sights. Itacolomi means the Rock and the Boy in the local Tupi Guarani language. For all those hiking enthusiasts this is a great place to be in.

Then visit Casa Banderisita da Fazenda Sao Jose do Manso and the Museu do Cha, the Praca Tiradentes, and the Teatro Municipal which are all great attractions here.

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