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- Location: In Minas Gerais in South East Brazil
- Attraction type: Historic City
- Significance: A UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its baroque architectural buildings
- Best time to Visit: October to March
- How to reach: Along Road BR 356 from Belo Horizonte or by road from all major Brazilian cities
- Nearest International Airport: Belo Horizonte Tacredo Neves International Airport
Ouro Petro is the Portuguese of ‘black gold’ which was discovered here in 1698. With the discovery of this scarce mineral migration in immense numbers took place
Attractions of Ouro Preto
The list of tourist attractions in Ouro Preto in Brazil is countless. It is quite likely that you might not be able to explore this illustrious World Heritage city in one visit. Praca Tiradentes is a distinctive square with the School of Mines and Museu da Inconfedencia adorning its northern and southern ends respectively. Teatro Municipal Opera House established in 1770 was this city’s earliest functioning theater. The Casa Bandeirista da Fazenda Sao Jose do Manso, an excellently preserved ranch house is the first state building.
Among the museums Museau do Cha or Tea Museum is notable. Museu da Inconfidencia dedicated to the unsuccessful revolt, is an exceptional example of baroque architecture. This museum is enriched with the artworks of Manuel da Costa Ataide, and Aleijadinho both renowned artists. The Museum of Sacred Art, and Museu Aleijadinho are two other remarkable museums.
The Churches of this heritage city are each a piece of art. Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Pilar is the oldest church completed in 1731. Inside there are intricate decorations using nearly 500 kg of gold and 450 kg of silver. The Ireja da Nossa Senhora do Carmo in rococo style contains Aleijadinho’s last works. Igreja Sao Francisco de Paula was completed in 1898 after 94 years of construction. Inside you would find a marvelous sculpture of the saint done by Aleijadinho.
Apart from the churches and museums, the Itacolomi State Park is an inspiring site. A pair of rocks is the center of attraction of this magnificent park which also offers exciting trekking opportunities.
Accommodation in Ouro Preto
In Ouro Preto you could check into high end, mid range, or budget hotels as per your preference. Among the high end hotels you might select among Grande Hotel de Ouro Preto, Luxor Ouro Preto Hotel, and Arcanjo Hotel Pousada. In case you prefer to put up in a mid range hotel, opt among Hotel Casa Grande Pousada, Casa Dona Denis, Pousada Ouro Preto, and Pousada Nello Nuno. Among the budget hotels you might choose between Brumas Hostel, and O Sorriso Do Lagarto Hostel & Posada.