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Old November 18th, 2008, 07:08 AM   #1
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Ouro Preto - Brazil - World Cultural Heritage (UNESCO)

Ouro Preto - Brazil

A fabulous and lovely 18th-century town village deeply stuck in the valleys of Minas Gerais' mountains. Anachronistic, amazing, fascinating... Ouro Preto resurges as a vision, a mirage amidst the dense mist of dawn. The impression for first-time visitors is exciting. All of a sudden, it seems as if a journey back in time is a reality. A pilgrimage of the living mixing up with a pilgrimage of the dead. Historical and anonymous personages spreading fallacies and mixing themselves shoulder to shoulder to the contemporaries.

Ouro Preto is above goodness and evil. Those who won't be able to realize this will not enjoy this town accordingly. It is extremely humane, therefore courageous and cruel. Cruelty has been written in the darkened walls burned by whale oil of the old gold mines. Slaves were forced to enter in small openings and stay there all day long, breathing smoke from the torches, smelling sweat from exhausted bodies and the suffocating odor exhaling from urine and excrements. Courage, by its turn, rests radiating in the Hall of Freedom inside the town's main museum, where the remains of those patriots who once dreamed Independence of Minas Gerais and, at large, of Brazil rest in solemnity.

Ouro Preto is no place for good-or-bad dualism. We just have to send ourselves back to a time when there were no laws, a chaotic soup-like mixture of diverse interests that took its own shape and gave birth to the first society bearing modern characteristics in Brazil. As the country was born at some point on the maritime coast, its conception as a nation actually took place in Minas Gerais. Vila Rica was the Alma Mater and the new-born nation was nurtured in Gold.

Due to its outstanding value, Ouro Preto was decreed a National Historic Monument in 1933 by the brazilian federal government. World eyes and recognition would come later in 1980, when UNESCO declared this 18th-century old colonial town village as a Cultural Heritage of Mankind. Ouro Preto legacy well exceeds its borders, and its essence is the proper essence of mankind.

Text from: http://www.ouropreto.org.br/ (Visit for mor info)
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The pictures were taken in January!

Guto Magalhães

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Old November 18th, 2008, 06:58 PM   #2
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Awesome place
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Old November 19th, 2008, 05:37 AM   #3
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It looks like a place with a soul :-)
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Old November 20th, 2008, 10:31 AM   #5
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Lovely Ouro Preto. Good pictures Gutooo!

I have been there once when I lived in Juiz de Fora. But I was too young and I don´t remember a thing.

Ouro Preto's Carnival is one of the most joyful in Brazil, which means a lot since we're talking about Brazil.
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