Minas Gerais

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A local hikes the cobblestone hills of Ouro Preto (circumflex over the e in Preto), Brazil. At rear, Nossa Senhora da Merces do Baixo (circumflex over the secoond e in Merces), or the Lower Church of Our Lady of Merces -- there is aonther on a higher hill -- in Ouro Preto (circumflex over the e in Preto), Brazil. Brazil's interior state of Minas Gerais, once a colonial mining capitol for the Portuguese crown, has changed little in appearance since the 18th century. With the help of laws to preserve its baroque architecture, the state's sky is scraped at every turn by 250-year-old church steeples, and lined with cobblestones. (Kevin Moloney for the New York Times)
A local hikes the cobblestone hills of Ouro Preto (circumflex over the e in Preto), Brazil. At rear, Nossa Senhora da Merces do Baixo (circumflex over the secoond e in Merces), or the Lower Church of Our Lady of Merces -- there is aonther on a higher hill -- in Ouro Preto (circumflex over the e in Preto), Brazil. Brazil's interior state of Minas Gerais, once a colonial mining capitol for the Portuguese crown, has changed little in appearance since the 18th century. With the help of laws to...
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