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    Mina da Passagem.

    by elsadran Updated May 12, 2009

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    Very near Ouro Preto is the old mine Mina da Passagem, one of the oldest mines in Brazil.
    It opened in 1719 and closed in 1985. For many years it was worked by black slaves, who died in large numbers because of the conditions of work. Later local people started working as miners in the same conditions. Their life was no better than that of the slaves...In the years there has been a large extension to the tunnels reaching now the 15 square kilometers! Tons of gold have been extracted. Finally it had to stop as it was no longer viable. Nowadays it functions only as a museum.
    Tourists enter the mine in a trolley-car held by a steel cable. They go down to 120 meters of depth.Then a guide, usually a retired miner, gives information and answers questions. There is a small lake with crystal clear water where swimming and diving is permitted. The visit lasts about half an hour and then tourists can watch the procedure of separating gold from the soil in a flat “pan”, the way miners used to do it in the old times. There is a small museum exhibiting mining tools and gadgets, and a small carriage.
    There is old mining machinery and vehicles displayed on the premises.
    Near the man who operates the trolley there are some nice stones from the mine with lines of gold and other metals. You can pick one for yourself leaving a small tip.
    They say women were not allowed to enter the mine because the prospector was superstitious and believed women bring bad luck....(!)
    Entry fee is 24R$.
    It is open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:00 to 17:00. Wednesday
    Take a bus going to Ouro Preto and tell the driver to drop you off at the mine.

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    Maria Fumaça

    by elsadran Updated Apr 10, 2009

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    The old steam trains, once carrying passengers and cargoes of gold, have been perfectly restored and are now given up to tourism . They make their way through the verdant countryside of Minas and it's the best way to move and enjoy nature.
    Being part of a touristic project, the trains started functioning again in 2006 and has been a great success.
    They run to Ouro Prêto twice a day in peak season and once a day in low season.
    Tickets cost 18$ one way and 30R$ for a return trip.
    It runs at 9:00 in the morning and 2:00 in the afternoon from Mariana to Ouro Prêto.
    From Ouro Prêto it starts at 11:00 in the morning and 4:00 in the evening. It covers the distance of 18 kilometers in 55 minutes.
    Don't forget it doesn't go anywhere on Mondays!!

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    Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo

    by elsadran Updated Apr 7, 2009

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    Pra��a de Minas Gerais-twin churches
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    Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo, was a Carmelite church and is similar to its "sister" next to it, São Fransisco de Assis. The magnificent facade by Aleijadinho, the artwork of Ataide and and its unique cylindrical towers make it important. It dates back from 1784. It stands on the Praça de Minas Gerais with the rest of the buildings which give a magnificent sight at night!

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    Igreja São Francisco de Assis

    by elsadran Updated Apr 7, 2009

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    Igreja São Francisco de Assis was began in 1763 and was decorated by two excellent artists of the time, Aleijadinho and Atayde. It has soapstone pulpits and altars carved by Aleijadinho and wonderful ceiling panels by Atayde. Depicting the life of the saint these paintings are consindered his masterpiece! Entry 2R$ .
    Open Tuesdays to Sundays 9:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 17:00.

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    Museu Arquidiocesano de Arte Sacra de Mariana .

    by elsadran Updated Mar 29, 2009

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    Museu Arquidiocesano de Arte Sacra

    The Archiocesan Museum is housed in the former Casa Capitular (Chapterhouse), an impressive mansion of 1770. It was founded in 1962 and claims to possess the largest collection of sacred art in the state. It includes baroque painting and sculpture in wood and soapstone, furniture and vestments of the 18th and 19th century. Some are works of the most important artists of the time, Aleijandinho and and Mestre Ataide, famous baroque artists in Minas who are responsible for many other masterpieces in the the region.
    Entrance 5:00R$.
    Open: Tues.-Fri. 8:30-12:00 and 1:30-5:00 . Weekends and holidays 8:30 – 2:00pm

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    Cathedral de Sé

    by elsadran Updated Mar 29, 2009

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    The Basilica de Sé or Catedral de Nossa Senhora da Assunção is the richest and the most important church in the town. It is located on Praça de Sé, one of the principal squares and a touristic point. The church was built in 1711 – 1760. The facade has been sculptured by Aleijadinho, and the famous painting of the Baptism of Christ on the altarpiece by Atayde. The exterior is simple but the baroque exuberance is kept in its interior.
    Concerts are held regularly as the church is in possession of an organ made by the famous German master organ builder Arp Schnitger (1648-1719). The organ has intricate chinese decoration and it was given to the church by Don Joao 5th of Portugal in 1751 . It has been restored and functions very well. The organists are Elisa Freixo and Josineia Godinho. You can attend them on Fridays at 11am and Sundays at 12:15am , duration is 45 minutes and tickets are 12R$, 18R$ and 24R$.
    Photography is not allowed inside so I photographed the photo of the organ at the entrance of the church.
    Entry is 2R$ and 7R$ for the concerts.

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    Casa de Alphonsus de Guimarães

    by elsadran Updated Mar 19, 2009

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    with his wife in a giant photo upstairs
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    Alphonsus de Guimarães was born in Ouro Prêto in 1870 and died in Mariana in 1921. His neo-romantic poetry is mystical, symbolic, with obvious traces of religiousness and deep sorrow... Love and Death are often dealt in his poems. His repeating theme was The Death of The Beloved Woman (Morte de Mulher Amada). They say this is due to the loss of his sweetheart of his youth, Constança,who died and he could never overcome it. Although he got married and he had 15 children they called him “The Loner Of Mariana”-”The Solitario de Mariana”
    I can not but mention a detail that shows how culture is treated in Minas..! Local buses have a plasticized sheet of paper with his poems hanging in front of every seat. So the passenger can easily get a glimpse of his spirit.
    Open Tuesday-Saturday 12pm-6pm and Sundays 9am-3pm.
    Entry is 2R$
    Photography is not allowed, so I did my best...

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    Casa da Camara e Cadeia

    by elsadran Updated Mar 19, 2009

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    Casa da Camara e Cadeia is now the Prefecture, and is a masterpiece of colonial architecture. Work started in 1784 but was not finished until 1836. Black slaves and prisoners were forced to work on its construction. In colonial times it used to house the city counsel, official offices and the jail. The front staircase reflects influence from north Portuguese architecture. Nowadays it also houses an exhibition hall and a mining museum. It is located in the beautiful Praça de Minas Gerais together with the wonderful twin churches.

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    Igreja de Sao Pedro dos Clerigos.

    by elsadran Written Mar 12, 2009

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    This magnificent church is really imposing, because of its baroque style and its size. Its construction started in 1752 and has never been finished. It was designed by Antonio Ferreira Calheiros. Seen from above you can see two large ellipses. You can go up on the second floor to enjoy a better view and you can even scramble up to the top.
    It has a dominant location on the top of Sao Pedro hill at the end of Rua Dom Silveiro and you get wonderful views of the whole city and the surrounding countryside from its courtyard!
    Entry fee is 2R$

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    Rua Direita

    by pepples46 Updated Aug 16, 2004

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    Rua Direita

    the oldest street in Mariana, right behind the Main Church with it's exquisit architecture and housing from the 17th century.cobbled streets not known everywhere else in the New World, but money was no issue, slaves where used to do the hart labour

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    Churches

    by pepples46 Updated Jul 23, 2004

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    from the 17th century, typical baroque mineiro. Aleijadinho left his mark here as well ...petra de sabao, the soft soap stone, he choosen for his wonderful stone masonary.
    Congonhas and Ouro Preto testemony for his unchallenged place in Brasil's history
    one of the churches has an organ from the 17th century, which can be heard every sunday, a wonderful expirience

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    Industry in Brazil

    by Luchonda Updated Dec 14, 2003

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    A V double U

    On the square in Mariana i saw this old "VW-Käfer" produced in Brazil
    In Brazil many car factories are investing - because it is a huge country and the incomes are low !!
    A problem for many western and american industry - outsourcing !

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    MINING CENTER OF " CONGONHAS "

    by janaina Written Oct 8, 2002

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    The baroque style was characterized by exuberant forms and liturgical and ornamental pomp.
    The tiny mullato angels and bucolic motifs apearing in Aleijadinho's work(see my Ouro Preto page for further info about this fantastic artist!),are the mark what defined definately the barroque style in Brazil!
    The former mining center in Congonhas is blessed with a major grouping of this brillant sculptor's works:the "Twelve Prophets ",sculpted in "soapstone",and the figures of the "Stations of the Cross".
    The life-size sculptures constitue Brazil's most important artistic treasure!!!!

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    THE CHURCHES

    by janaina Written Oct 8, 2002

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    The first capital and bishopric of Minas Gerais,its principal attractive are the Archidiosean Museum,the Carmo and Sain Francis churches and the Cathedral.
    Music lovers pls don't miss the concerts perfomed at the Cathedral's Arp Schnitger organ,manufactured in 1701!!
    They are given on fridays at 11:00,and sundays at 12:15.

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    CONGONHAS

    by janaina Updated Oct 8, 2002

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    Congonhas must see is definately,as mentioned,Aleijadinho's works!
    The village is just a continuation of this barroque colonial styled site,the best of the best in Minas Gerais.

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