Things to see and do - Mariana
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Work began on the Catédral Basílica de N. S. da Assunção, one of the oldest churches in Minas (1709-1760), barely 12 years after gold had been discovered in the region. Its rectangular shape and the simplicity of its design are typical of early Minei..
Architecture, castles and historic districts
In the middle of the Praça Minas Gerais is the pelo u rinho, a haunting reminder of the tortures inflicted upon slaves. Lining the great green expanse of the square are two Baroque churches: make sure you go inside the more imposing of the two, the I..
Museums and art
R. Frei-Durão 49
Considered one of the most interesting museums of sacred art in Minas Gerais, the Museu Arquidiocesano de Arte Sacra has a collection of liturgical clothes and objects, as well as paintings by Manuel da Costa Ataíde. It is housed in the old Casa Capi..
Industrial tourism and theme park
A visit to the Mina Passagem involves plunging to a depth of 120m on a trolley lowered on a cable - quite a thrill! Between 1819 and 1985 the mine officially yielded 35t of gold. It has nine levels of galleries (30km in total) which descend to a dept..