Matriz NS do Pilar
Casa dos Contos
This 18th-century treasury building doubled as a prison for members of the Inconfidência. The renovated mansion now houses displays on...
Built in 1769, this 280-seat theater is the oldest in Minas Gerais; it's open for occasional live performances.
Café e Cia
An old favorite with an airy back seating area overlooking the creek. The self-service lunch focuses on mineira fare.
Praça Monsenhor Castilho Barbosa · interesting places nearby
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On the southwest side of town, this is Brazil's second-most-opulent church (after Salvador’s São Francisco). It has 434kg of gold and silver and is one of the country's finest showcases of artwork. Note the wild-bird chandelier holders, the scrolled church doors and the hair on Jesus (the real stuff, donated by a penitent worshipper).