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Old August 16th, 2009, 09:36 PM   #1
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Ouro Preto, Brazil (part I, night shots) - UNESCO World Heritage Site, the largest baroque site in the world

Ouro Preto (from Portuguese, Black Gold) is a city in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, a former colonial mining town, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because of its outstanding Baroque architecture. Founded at the end of the 17th century, Ouro Preto (formerly called Vila Rica ["Rich Village"]) was the focal point of the gold rush and Brazil's golden age in the 18th century, under Portuguese rule. The city contains well preserved colonial architecture, with few signs of modern urban life. Churches decorated with gold and the works of art masters make of Ouro Preto a tourist destination. In colonial times, art was fairly advanced and developed into the "Barroco Mineiro", with many sculptors (Aleijadinho), painters (Mestre Athayde), composers (Lobo de Mesquita family) and poets (Thomas Gonzaga). In 1789, Ouro Preto became the birthplace of the Inconfidęncia Mineira, a failed attempt to gain independence from Portugal and form a Brazilian republic. Ouro Preto was the State Capital of Minas Gerais from 1822 until 1897, when the needs of government outgrew this town in the valley. The state government was moved to the new, planned city of Belo Horizonte.
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Church of Saint Francis of Assisi (1766)


Church of Saint Francis of Paola by sunset (1804)


Tiradentes Square


Main Altar of the Church of Our Lady of Mercy (1771-1793)


Church of Our Lady of the Rosary (1785)


The oldest Opera House in the American Continent, founded in 1770


Old Faculty of Pharmacy


Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (1766-1772)


Mining School (Formerly the Seat of the State Government, 1741-1748)


Church of Saint Francis of Paola by night


Luxor Hotel Ouro Preto (building from the 18th century)


Mother Church of Our Lady of the Conception (1727-1746)


Church of Saint Efigenia (1730-1790)


Palace of the Governors - detail (Mining School)


Museum of the Inconfidęncia (formerly Chamber House and Jail, 1785)
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Old August 17th, 2009, 06:33 AM   #2
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Yet another Brazil thread! Can't fault that!

Beautiful photos though...
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Old August 17th, 2009, 06:39 AM   #3
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Beautiful city in the jungles of Brazil
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Old August 17th, 2009, 07:14 AM   #4
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common mistake many people think the brazil is only a vast jungle, and that the language they speak is Spanish, but in fact speak Portuguese.
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Old August 17th, 2009, 07:37 AM   #5
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I know real well the Brazil is Portuguese speaking nation, it was given to Portugal by the Vatican when the rest of America was given to Spain. I thought that Mina Gerais and its gold mines were part of the Matto Grosso, not everyone is ignorant on the subject somo people go to school and learn geography and history of the world.

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Old August 17th, 2009, 05:30 PM   #6
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Wonderful pics! Brazil has amazing historic places!
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Old August 17th, 2009, 05:58 PM   #7
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Looks nice
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Old August 17th, 2009, 07:16 PM   #8
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Nice! I enjoyed this city very much when I visited. I love the hilly steep streets.
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Old August 17th, 2009, 07:42 PM   #9
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I know real well the Brazil is Portuguese speaking nation, it was given to Portugal by the Vatican when the rest of America was given to Spain. I thought that Mina Gerais and its gold mines were part of the Matto Grosso, not everyone is ignorant on the subject somo people go to school and learn geography and history of the world.

ăo todos é um ignorant
Well, so if you were one of those privileged who "went to school and learnt geography and history of the world", then why make a wrong statement about the city being in the "jungle"???

It looks like you skipped a couple of geography classes, then!
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Ok profesor Einstein, you are pathetic
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