Minas Gerais

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Visitors  pass in front of the gilded Nossa Senhora do Pilar, or Our Lady of the Pillar, parish church in Ouro Preto (circumflex over the e), Brazil. Ouro Preto boasts 19 churches from the baroque and rococco schools. 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)
Visitors pass in front of the gilded Nossa Senhora do Pilar, or Our Lady of the Pillar, parish church in Ouro Preto (circumflex over the e), Brazil. Ouro Preto boasts 19 churches from the baroque and rococco schools. 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...
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