Photographer's Note

Founded at the end of the 17th century, Ouro Preto (meaning Black Gold) was originally called Vila Rica, or "rich village", the focal point of the gold rush and Brazil's golden age in the 18th century under Portuguese rule.
The city contains well-preserved Portuguese colonial architecture, with few signs of modern urban life. Modern construction must adhere to historical standards maintained by the city. 18th- and 19th-century churches decorated with gold and the sculptured works of Aleijadinho make Ouro Preto a prime tourist destination.
The churches: To the left is the Church of St Francis of Assis and in the right side Church Lady of Mount Carmel - just off Tiradentes Plaza, next to the Inconfidência Museum.

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Additional Photos by Ricardo Rodrigues (ricardomattos) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 14 N: 3474] (17408)
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