Ouro Preto is a colonial town which is known for its baroque facades, cobbled streets, and intricately designed churches. As a matter of fact, it has turned out to be the first World Heritage Site Declared by UNESCO. Wandering around the picturesque street, I came across some attractions and hidden gems. Here are some of the must-visit attractions of Ouro Preto.
- Museu Casa Guignard
Opened in the year 1987, it’s for paying a tribute to Alberto da Veiga Guignard. He is one of the best designers and painters of Brazil. There are guidelines that will guide you through the museum. The museum celebrates his personal life, as well as his artistic brilliance. You will find three rooms in the museum that exhibits his paintings of the Brazilian landscape.
- Basílica Nossa Senhora Do Pilar
This is one of the best churches that I found in Ouro Petro. The Catholic Church is a historical center. The construction had started in the 17th century and presently it is absolutely in pristine condition. The church showcases gold plated interior with carved religious figures. For protecting the delicate carvings inside, it is prohibited to click photos.
- Ideal times to visit
There are many carnival parties that take place in this city. One of the popular times to visit and experience the carnival is in the month of July. It is during this time that the city celebrates the annual winter festival because it is its birthday. The Ouro Preto Orchestra performs in this festival. There is a music festival that is held in the month of December called Tudo é Jazz. Being a music enthusiast, I made sure to plan my trip in the same month. There are paid, as well as free shows in the festival. As a matter of fact, it caters to people who are interested in daily activities.