Capturing the Baroque Beauty of Ouro Preto – A Photo Essay

This post was last updated on January 23rd, 2017

Capturing the Baroque Beauty of Ouro Preto – A Photo Essay

Ouro Preto is often referred to as the colonial gem of Brazil – and it’s easy to see why from the very first moment the surrounding verdant hills and pastel colored buildings come into view.

Ouro Preto (meaning Black Gold) was the center of Brazil’s golden age and gold rush. Today the small town has managed to retain its 17th century colonial architecture and old world charm with barely a hint of development, save for a few well-planned renovations.

With over 23 churches, unique Baroque architecture and works of art from the highly regarded Brazilian artist Aleijadinho, there’s no shortage of things to do in and around town. But our favorite activity was easily to put down our maps and go get wonderfully lost along the narrow cobblestone alleys. Just don’t forget your camera – Ouro Preto is a photographer’s dream!


Ouro Preto at Sunset

Ouro Preto Central

Ouro Preto 2

Ouro Preto Fountain

Ouro Preto Resident

Ouro Preto Main Square

Ouro Preto Houses

Ouro Preto

Ouro Preto Collage

Ouro Preto Church on the Hill

Ouro Preto Church

Ouro Preto Door

Main Square Ouro Preto

Ouro Preto Church at Night


Where is your favorite colonial town you have ever visited?


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Capturing the Baroque Beauty of Ouro Preto – A Photo Essay


  1. You are definitely right Dan, Ouro Preto does look like an amazing place to visit for everyone loving photography and historical architecture. It has actually been on my radar for a while and as it looks like, I will finally visit in February. So thank you for the photographic introduction, now I am even more excited to go… :)
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    • That’s so awesome that you’ll be visiting in February! Can’t wait to see your photos – let us know if you enjoy it as much as we did :)

  2. Beautiful photos! Our favorite colonial towns? So far: Guanajuato in Mexico, Cartagena in Colombia (although that might be more of a city), Granada in Nicaragua.
    Frank (bbqboy)

    • We haven’t been to any of those! Sounds like we need to do some more traveling ;-) Thanks for sharing!

  3. What a lovely city and the architecture is certainly interesting. I’ve been to many cities with colonial architecture and it’s difficult to pick one in particular as favourite, but Melacca in Malaysia was very special. Have you been?
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    • We haven’t been to Malaysia yet, but we have heard such good things! That will have to be on our to-do list if we ever get back to Asia :) Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Wonderful photos!! My favorite colonial town is Granda, Nicaragua.

    • Thanks Teri! We have heard amazing things about Grenada – we need to get there ourselves for sure! :)

    • The churches of Ouro Preto do seem to shine among the mountains. Hope you get the chance to see it for yourself Lesley :-D

    • Thanks so much Rana! Happy New Year and enjoy your trip :-D

  5. I went to Ouro Preto last year. Just a beautiful town. I took so many pictures there, many with the same views you captured in your lovely photos. :)
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