Ouro Preto is a charming Brazilian city located in the state of Minas Gerais. It was a mining town, and today is a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its colonial architecture. The well-preserved architecture makes of Ouro Preto an open-air museum. It’s very pleasant to walk around the streets (lots of ups and downs, just to let you know), to photograph and observe its details. You can visit the churches, the museums, a former mine, taste the local cuisine, or go hiking to enjoy the nature.
The translation of its name is “black gold” because the gold found in the region was covered by a layer of iron oxide (so, it was dark). Ouro Preto is important in the Brazilian history not only because of the gold extraction but also due to a historical event that happened there in the 18th century, the Inconfidência Mineira (or Conjuração Mineira). To make a long story short, it was the struggle of the Brazilian people for freedom. The movement was against the oppression of Portugal, the colonizer of Brazil.
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If you like history, you should consider visiting this town when in Brazil. It’s a place to go back in time, and it’s so photogenic. To get there is not very simple since the closest airport is in Belo Horizonte (around 100 km away). From Belo Horizonte, you have rent a car or take a bus to the historic town.