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The Largo de Coimbra Arts Market in Ouro Preto

Soapstone products at the Largo de Coimbra Arts Market in Ouro Preto


The Largo de Coimbra Arts Market is a traditional fair in the historic town of Ouro Preto in Brazil. The market is located in front of the St. Francis of Assisi Church (Igreja de São Francisco de Assis), which is the most famous in the city and one of the most significant monuments of the colonial art in Brazil, a must visit spot.

The original name of the market in Portuguese is Feira do Largo de Coimbra, Feira de Artesanato Pedra Sabão, or Feirinha de Pedra Sabão (nickname).  You can use any of them; they are all accepted.  Most of the products commercialized at the fair are made of soapstone, pedra sabão in Portuguese.

 

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Largo de Coimbra Arts Market in Ouro Preto

The traditional Largo de Coimbra Arts Market in Ouro Preto

Largo de Coimbra Arts Market in Ouro Preto

The market and the St. Francis of Assisi Church on the back

Largo de Coimbra Arts Market in Ouro Preto

Plenty of soapstone products to choose from

You can find a mix of objects, decorative arts, houseware, jewelry, and apparently some regular products like shirts and postcards, which I didn’t see. But the most exciting pieces are the ones made of soapstone, for sure!



Largo de Coimbra Arts Market in Ouro Preto

How to choose one?

Soapstone vases at the Largo de Coimbra Arts Market in Ouro Preto

Details of soapstone vases

Soapstone saints at the Largo de Coimbra Arts Market in Ouro Preto

Little soapstone saints

Soapstone products at the Largo de Coimbra Arts Market in Ouro Preto

There are some big products at the market, but also a lot of small ones that can fit in the suitcase

The market is small and very colorful, you can see some of the artists working on the pieces right there, it’s cool to watch how they make the patterns. The Largo de Coimbra Arts Market is the perfect place to visit before or after entering the St. Francis of Assisi Church, and also a great spot to buy a different souvenir.

Artisan working at the Largo de Coimbra Arts Market in Ouro Preto

Artisan working at the market

Largo de Coimbra Arts Market in Ouro Preto

Largo de Coimbra Arts Market in Ouro Preto

 

Ouro Preto is a city full of history, a great place to spend a day or more. I only stayed in Ouro Preto for a day, and visiting the street market was on the top of my list – just because I love markets -, but the city is full of things to do and see, from cultural to natural activities.

 

Do you know any other street market specialized in soapstone products?

 


Practical Information

When? Every day from 7 am to 7 pm

Where? Largo de Coimbra, Ouro Preto – Brazil


 




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