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A World Heritage by Unesco: Ouro Preto

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Vila Rica do Ouro Preto (from Portuguese, Black Gold Rich Village) is a city in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, a former colonial mining town located in the Serra do Espinhaço mountains and designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because of its outstanding Baroque architecture.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouro_Preto ( Other informations. I prefered to put a link because my English is not so good)

Thread creator: Marcelo de Oliveira Lisa from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. I used a Panasonic-DMC-LZ5. Pics from my page on Fickr.

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There are other wonderful colonial cities on the state called Minas Gerais in Brazil : the nicest are Tiradentes, Diamantina and Ouro Preto but Minas Gerais has the famous Basílica de Bom Jesus de Matosinhos in Congonhas that is World Heritage by UNESCO too . It is interesting to visit too Mariana, São João del Rey, Serro, Caraça etc . I show you a map of the old Royal Road Route:
www.descubraminas.com.br


Minas Gerais has too spa tows wity mineral waters fountains, many caves with prehistoric pictures and where they found the bones of the oldest men of Americas and many iced era fossiles and dinossaurs too. Some parks and museums will be built now to show them and there are other that already exist.
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Like my English is not so good, I will put a link here where you can see other nice places full of history from here. Use arrow to find the next pages:
http://www3.telus.net/braziliana/baroquebrazil.htm
If you need more informations about the city, add me in facebook or orkut: Marcelo Lisa
that town is georgous
Marcelo. Thanks for those pics.
It seems a really nice place to live
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More pictures I took there:

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I´ll put here some pictures of another colonial city of Brazil that is also Patrimony of the Humanity by UNESCO. It is Congonhas in Minas Gerais state.


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Another colonial town in Minas Gerais: Sabará.

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Bela a Cidade Ouro Preto
Ouro Preto certainly deserves it's World Heritage Listing. Beautiful.

It never ceases to amaze me that a country like Brazil with a wonderful architectural heritage managed to create some of the most banal and ugly cities on earth from the 1960's onwards. So much was destroyed and replaced by utter rubbish - what kind of minds were responsible for this? Of course the whole world suffered during the dark days of the 60's and 70's but few places suffered as much as Brazil.
I loved this city and the pictures are great. I can't wait to walk on the streets of this great World Heritage site.
very good,thank you
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