Ouro Preto & Beyond

Ouro Preto

Ouro Preto is a prized jewel of Brazil’s colonial heritage. Founded in 1698, this city soon became the capital of the Portuguese gold rush.

Ouro Preto’s mines financed seven decades of expansion and opulence before their depletion effectively ended the boom.

Evidence of golden-age splendor can still be seen in Ouro Preto’s fine fountains, plazas, and churches.

A photographic view of the igreja de nossa senhora do carmo of the unesco world heritage city of ouro preto in minas gerais brazil

To protect these treasures, UNESCO declared the city center a World Heritage Site in 1980—a first for Brazil.

Baroque and Rococo churches

Ouro Preto is set in the hills below the Espinhaço Mountains.

Visitors here will find a wealth of religious art in the city’s Baroque and Rococo churches —including works by the sculptor Aleijadinho and painter Mestre Athayde.

Green hill in Ouro Preto Brazil, dotted with quaint white houses

Ouro Preto’s historic center is a maze of narrow, hilly streets, lined with red-roofed houses, and charming storefronts.

Museum of Mineralogy

The Museum of Mineralogy, located on the north side of Tiradentes Plaza, houses one of the world’s most extensive collections of minerals.

Brazil holds 60% of the world’s gem reserves, including Imperial topaz and precious amethyst.

Mine tours are available just outside the city.

Majestic Historic church on lush green hill in Ouro Preto, Brazil

Ouro Preto Neighboring Towns

Other delightful towns surround Ouro Preto, including:

  • Mariana
  • Congonhas
  • Tiradentes
  • Sao Joao del Rei

Each offers its own unique collection of ornate churches, sunny plazas, and cobbled streets.

These locations and other colonial cities in Minas Gerais state can be reached by flights to Belo Horizonte.

Inhotim Botanical Garden

The 5,000-acre Inhotim botanical garden and contemporary art gallery can also be included in itineraries to this region.

A decorative historic church, photographed on a family vacation to Ouro Preto, Brazil

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