Ouro Preto Brazil (Black Gold) is a small historic and touristic town located in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais. Its a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ouro Preto was at one time the most populous city in Latin America, with an estimated population of 80 thousand people back in 1750. At that time, the population of New York was half that number. The city was the focal point of the gold rush and Brazil’s golden age in the 18th century.
With the exhaustion of the gold mining cycle people were gone but the city and its beautiful buildings remained almost intact for more than a century! As if to stop in time, forgotten, fostering preservation of the original colonial constructions and urban pattern, until the discovery of its tourist potential. Visiting the city is a walk throughthe history of Brazil and its development. Imagine a place with many hills and stone walkways, witch the largest architectural ensemble of the Brazilian baroque. Houses in the colonial style and the richness of the Baroque altars are the passport to an unforgettable trip to the Gold Cycle Times.
Ouro Preto also was home to exceptional artists responsible for many of the most significant works of the Brazilian Baroque period, including the Church of São Francisco of Assisi by the distinguished architect and sculptor Antônio Francisco Lisboa (Aleijadinho). Architectural works are represented by the religious monuments and administrative buildings, including the Palácio dos Governadores (Governors’ Palace), today the School of Mines, and the former Casa de Câmara e Cadeia (Administrative and Prison House), now home to the Inconfidência Museum.
If you enjoy good food and want to know more of the history, one of the tips is the Restaurante Contos de Reis (Restaurant Tales of Kings), housed in an old slave quarters of an authentic house from the eighteenth century. The traditional local food served in stone pots and delicious homemade pastries, served in pans copper and accompanied by famous white cheese . All this in an environment to say the least differentiated, crude as it is impossible not to imagine the black slaves who suffered there. Good for the quality of the food and not to forget the history of slavery, which was not beautiful. Ouro Preto is also a university town with an intense student life. So… party everywere in the many fraternity houses of the city! Enjoy the city, the architecture, the culture and the mountains of Minas Gerais State. Brazil by real highway!