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Classica Pousada Hotel, Ouro Preto
Classica Pousada Hotel is a 3 star pousada Ouro Preto hotel housed in an outstanding Baroque house in the centre of Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil. For those wishing to travel further there is a regular public bus service that stops nearby. ...
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Minas Gerais

The colonisation of Minas Gerais State by the Portuguese occurred soon after the discovery of Brazil, on the 16th and 17th centuries.

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The discovery of gold and precious stones on that region attracted many explorers, who transformed the State in a Brazilian El Dorado.

Today gold is no longer abundant, but there are other treasures left, such as the unforgettable landscapes, the historic buidings, mountains, woods, clean air, lakes, caves, stories and tales.

The capital, the city of Belo Horizonte, is the fourth in the Country in terms of population. Because it is a planned city, and for the wealth of its architectural complexes, neoclassic and modern, Belo Horizonte also represents a landmark for urban planning and architecture in the Country. Besides, it transformed itself in a kind of gateway to the various historic cities in the State, such as Ouro Preto and Sabara, Tiradentes, Sao Joao Del Rey, Mariana, and for the Lapinha grottos – at the municipality of Lagoa Santa – and Maquine grottos, in Cordisburgo.

Since the colonial period, the State of Minas Gerais stands out for its cultural diversity. Music, architecture, literature and fine arts are some of the areas successfully developed by the local artists. In some cities the building of the 16th and 17th centuries are preserved until today, and express the incomparable art of the mineiro baroque. The most famous of them is Ouro Preto, stage of the Mineira Disloyalty – first movement towards the independence of Brazil – and on the likes of Diamantina and the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus de Matosinhos, in Congonhas do Campo, it has been recognised by Unesco as Heritage of Humanity.

With a varied relief and vegetation, the region still keeps on its valleys and mountains pleasant destinations, such as Governador Valadares, where hang gliding is the major attraction. Tres Rios is ideal for adventure sports adepts, with rafting, canyoning and vertical practices. Grande Sertao Veredas Park, for those who like to visit grottos and caves and countless historic cities adorned on the purest Brazilian baroque style, where the residents are cordial and hospitable.

Second economy in the Country, losing only to the State of Sao Paulo, the State of Minas Gerais is also known for its cuisine – good and hearty – famous for delicacies such as the cheese bread and typical dishes like tutu a mineira and chicken in dark sauce.

The historic relics and culinary delicacies from Minas Gerais State are waiting for you.

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