Ouro Preto is certainly one of the most beautiful cities in Brasil. Classified as World Heritage by the UNESCO, the city seems to have paused in the 18th century and offers today an enchanting mix between the luxurious baroque architecture and the charming simplicity of its village houses, all in Old Portuguese style, testifying of the past prosperity of the city.
Ouro Preto means “Black Gold”. The city was founded in the end of the 17th century and rapidly became a major hub city during the Brazilian gold rush. Today, Ouro Preto is the main touristic destination of Minas Gerais. Visiting Ouro Preto is a promise of enchantment.
Museums, local markets of beautiful arts and crafts, street fairs, shops, typical restaurants and folkloric events constantly animate the small city of Ouro Preto.
The most sought for are the several jewelry shops selling at unbeatable prices a large variety of precious and semi-precious gemstones extracted in the city, among which the Imperial Topaz which is only found in Ouro Preto.