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