by Jorge Sanchez - 8 months, 1 week ago
While in Ouro Preto I took the opportunity to visit Mariana, a lovely baroque little town, which was at only half an hour by bus.
Once in Mariana I went to the Tourist Office to get maps and information. I liked the paintings inside that tourist office representing the times when there was gold in the area. Since it is a very small village, everywhere I walked. There were many churches, all lovely, houses dating from the portuguese times, old palaces and museums. The atmosphere was festive because they were celebrating 320 years since the foundation of the town. Many tourists had done like me, visiting the town in a round trip journey from Ouro Preto. Mariana, according the the tourist brochures, was the first city established in Minas Gerais and its first capital (today the capital of that state is Belo Horizonte) at the turn of the XVII century. I only visited churches (the ones that were free of charge) and the exterior of the buildings, but did not enter any museum since I was short of money. The most interesting churches were up the hill. In all I spent about two hours in Mariana before returning by bus to Ouro Preto.