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Revision as of 13:53, 8 August 2011

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.

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Get in

Distances from:

By bus

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.


Get around

See

  • 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.

Do

  • 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).

Buy

Eat

  • Al-Árabe, Praça Dr. Prado, 124. Tel. 38 3531-2281.
  • O Garimpeiro, Av. da Saudade, 265. Tel. 38 3532-1040.
  • Trattoria La Dolce Vita, Rua Vieira Coutro, 232. Tel. 38 3531-8485.

Drink

  • Espaço B Café, Beco da Tecla, 31. Tel. 38 3531-6005.

Sleep

  • Pousada do Garimpo, Av. da Saudade, 265. Tel. 38 3532-1040. [1]
  • Pouso da Chica, Rua Macau de Cima, 115. Tel. 38 3531-7349. [2]
  • Tijuco, Rua Macau do Meio, 211. Tel. 38 3531-1022. [3]
  • Pouso da Chica, Rua Macau de Cima, 115, 553835316190, [4]. checkin: 12:00; checkout: 12:00.


Get out

  • Biribiri - A well preserved if tiny 19th-century industrial village, 15km from the city.
  • Serro
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