vila rica

“Telhado barroco” - “Barouque roof”

Ouro Preto, Brazil, November 2014

Ouro Preto (“Black Gold”) is a city located in the state of Minas Gerais, in the south east of Brazil.  It was founded at the end of the 17th century and its original name was “Vila Rica” (“Rich Village”). Here, the gold rush began in the 18th century under Portuguese rule. The Golden Age was one of the main sources of money at the time. 

Because of its marvellous baroque architecture, Ouro Preto was the first city in Brazil to be designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The city is famous for its beautiful churches and roofs. It is also very famous for its traditional food.