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Igreja de São Francisco de Assis

This exquisite church is Brazil's most important piece of colonial art, after Aleijadinho’s masterpiece The Prophets in Congonhas. Its entire exterior was carved by Aleijadinho himself, from the soapstone medallion …
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Matriz NS da Conceição de Antônio Dias

Designed by Aleijadinho’s father, Manuel Francisco Lisboa, this church was built between 1727 and 1770. The eagle with downturned head and the Virgin Mary surrounded by cherubs both stand atop images of the moon, Po…
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Museu do Aleijadinho

An homage to the life of Brazil's greatest Baroque artist, this museum behind Matriz NS da Conceição displays works by Aleijadinho and other 18th-century masters, including intricate crucifixes, elaborate oratories …
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Parque do Vale dos Contos

Built on the site of Ouro Preto's 18th-century botanical garden, this lovely, verdant public park snakes downhill along a creek from the bus station to the Pilar church, passing en route under the bridge adjacent to…
Church in Ouro Preto

Capela do Padre Faria

Built between 1701 and 1704 and named after one of the original bandeirantes (roaming adventurers who spent the 17th and 18th centuries exploring Brazil’s interior), Ouro Preto’s oldest chapel sits at the far easter…
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Museu da Inconfidência

This historical museum is housed in Ouro Preto's old municipal headquarters and jail, an attractive building built between 1784 and 1854 on the south side of Praça Tiradentes. It contains the tomb of Tiradentes, doc…
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Igreja de Santa Efigênia dos Pretos

Financed by gold from Chico-Rei’s mine and built by the slave community, this mid-18th-century church honors Santa Efigênia, princess of Nubia. The exterior image of NS do Rosário is by Aleijadinho. Slaves legendari…
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Museu de Ciência e Técnica da Escola de Minas

In the old governor’s palace above Praça Tiradentes, this museum features dazzling gemstones from around the world. Even if you skip the museum itself, it's worth climbing to its front terrace for spectacular views …
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Matriz NS do Pilar

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-bir…
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Museu do Oratório

This museum features a fabulous collection of hand-carved oratórios – miniature home altars and portable devotional shrines dating back to the 17th century. It's housed in the Casa do Noviciado, a triple-level colon…