Museu do Diamante

Minas Gerais

Between Praça JK and the cathedral is the house of Padre Rolim, one of the Inconfidentes. It’s now the Museu do Diamante, exhibiting religious art, old photos, furniture, weapons, and other relics of the diamond days.

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1. Santo Antônio Cathedral

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Built in colonial style between 1930 and 1940 on the site of a much older church, Diamantina's cathedral dominates the historic center.

3. Mercado Municipal


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4. Igreja de NS do Carmo

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Adorned with rich, golden carvings and a gilded organ made in Diamantina, this is the town’s most opulent church. Constructed between 1760 and 1765, its…

5. Casa de Juscelino Kubitschek

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6. Casa da Chica da Silva

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This fine colonial mansion was the home of diamond contractor João Fernandes de Oliveira and his longtime partner, the former slave Chica da Silva, whose…

7. Igreja de NS do Rosário dos Pretos

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8. Casa da Glória

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