Traveling: Ouro Preto, Brazil

I’ve lost count how many times I’ve been to the mining town of Ouro Preto. In school, we always had a field trip there. The cobblestone streets and colonial style buildings are beautiful. Unfortunately, you have to pay to go inside the churches and see all the gold and beauty of the sculptures, but they are so full of baroque details and exceptional artwork from the 17th and 18th century, that it is worth it. Some of the carvings were made by Aleijadinho, who didn’t have hands and had to carve with his feet, mouth, or tools attached to his crippled hands. Ouro Preto is also known for its role during a failed revolution in 1789 (Inconfidencia Mineira), inspired by the American Revolutionary War.

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