*'''Biribiri''' - A well preserved if tiny 19th-century industrial village, 15km from the city.
Revision as of 04:27, 8 September 2010
Diamantina is a colonial city in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Its 17th century streets and buildings are witnesses to the country's diamond and gold digging ages, and its historic center has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The bus Station (rodoviária) is located at Largo Dom João, 134. (38) 3531-9176. There are frequent buses from Belo Horizonte by companies São Geraldo and Pássaro Verde (websites in Portuguese only).
There is also one daily arrival from São Paulo.
Capela Imperial do Amparo, Rua do Amparo. Tues-Sat 9AM-12PM and 2PM-6PM, Sun 8AM-12PM. Construction on this chapel began in 1773 and stretched over the next 4 decades.R$1.
Casa de Juscelino, Rua São Francisco 241, ☎ 38-3531-3607. This former residence of ex-president Juscelino Kubitschek houses a museum dedicated to his life.
Casarão do Fórum. One of the most important pieces of colonial architecture, this structure was originally a residence, and later used as a meeting hall for the city council.
Diamond Museum (Museu do Diamante), Rua Direita 14, ☎ 38-3531-1382. Holds a collection of artifacts from the area's colonial diamond-mining days.
Igreja do Bonfim, Rua do Bonfim. Completed sometime before 1771.R$1.
Igreja das Mercês, Rua das Mercês. Mon-Fri 1PM-5PM, Sat/Sun 8AM-11AM and 12PM-5PM. Completed in 1784, this church still holds mass on the fourth Saturday of the month at 5PM.R$1.
Igreja da Nossa Senhora do Carmo, Rua do Carmo. Tues-Sat 8AM-12PM and 2PM-6PM, Sun 8AM-12PM. R$2.
Igreja São Francisco, Rua São Francisco. Built by the Franciscans in the early 1770's. The interior is currently being restored.
Watch the Vesperatas - open shows of traditional music bands, a large event that takes place on the colonial Quitanda street twice a month (from April to October).
Al-Árabe, Praça Dr. Prado, 124. Tel. 38 3531-2281.
O Garimpeiro, Av. da Saudade, 265. Tel. 38 3532-1040.