The 5 most historical cities in Minas Gerais

Today we are going to tell you which are the 5 most historical cities in Minas Gerais! I don’t know if you are aware of this, but a trip to this state goes far beyond a simple adventure, it’s a true immersion in the history of Brazil. That’s exactly why we’re going to list these historical cities today!

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The state of Minas Gerais is always in the Brazilian history books and this is definitely not a coincidence.

It was there that the Portuguese began mining precious ores in Brazilian territory, that happened more than 300 years ago!

And because this is such an important fact of Brazilian history, on a trip to Minas Gerais, it is possible to learn a lot about the country, in addition to enjoying the delicious local cuisine and the beautiful landscapes!

I know you must be curious to know which are the historical cities in Minas Gerais, so let’s get straight to the point!

Who am I?

Before continuing, let me introduce myself.

I’m Rodrigo Schmiegelow, an advertiser specializing in Digital Marketing, today I live as a Digital Nomad (what is it). In other words, I have geographic freedom and can work from anywhere in the world.

That’s why I can have amazing experiences like this.

I started a trip around the world to get to know places, cultures and regional cuisines. I will bring great surprises from these experiences.

I’m on the Farofa expedition, getting to know regional cuisines from all over Brazil.

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What are the most historical cities in Minas Gerais?

1. Ouro Preto

Opening our list of historical cities in Minas Gerais, we need to talk about Ouro Preto, which is perhaps the most famous in the state!

Its fame is not by chance, its architecture and its landscapes can teach the culture and history of Brazil.

In addition to its beautiful history, such as the fact that it was the birthplace of the Inconfidência Mineira (separatist movement), it stands out for its churches and museums.

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It is worth mentioning the Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora do Pilar (Free Traduction – Parish Church of Our Lady of Pilar) has more than 400 kilograms of gold inside and the Church of São Francisco de Assis, one of Aleijadinho‘s (a famous brazilian sculptor and architect) best works!

Museu da Inconfidência – Museum of the Inconfidência is also an excellent destination.

2. Mariana

When it comes to historical cities in Minas Gerais, Mariana cannot be left out!

That’s because it is the oldest city in the state, and carries a huge cultural baggage in incredible tours.

There, you can visit the Mina da Passagem, which is the largest open-to-visit gold mine in the world!

Churches are also very common in the city. Enjoy the sightseeing tours and enjoy the local nature, which is also beautiful!

3. Diamantina 

The name Diamantina means diamond in english, it was in this city that 300 years ago the Portuguese found diamonds!

For that reason, it was one of the most populated cities during the colonization period, there are still traces of that nowadays!

Hence, it is on our list of historical cities in Minas Gerais.

Diamantina also has churches that stand out, but the carnival parties there are as well a great attraction for tourists!

In addition, there is also the option of taking walks in parks, such as the Biribiri State Park, which has waterfalls and trails!

4. Congonhas

The city of Congonhas is great when it comes to culture!

There, religious works and artifacts are very prominent.

There are several churches in Congonhas, but the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus de Matosinhos – Santuário do Senhor Bom Jesus de Matosinhos is certainly the main tourist spot in the city.

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An excellent place for those who appreciate Aleijadinho‘s works (a famous sculptor and architect during Colonial Brazil).

Congonhas is a city that could not be left out of our list of the most historical cities in Minas Gerais!

5. Sabará

Last but not least, we have Sabará to end our list of the most historical cities in Minas Gerais!

The city of Sabará, as well as others that we mentioned in our list, also stands out for its churches, capable of enchanting any tourist.

However, besides that, its historical importance is something that draws a lot of attention.

Sabará was part of the Estrada Real – Royal Road, a road made by the Portuguese over 300 years ago to facilitate the connection between Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro!

Our purpose with this article is to show you that in Minas Gerais, in addition to delicious food and wonderful landscapes, you can get a real lesson in Brazilian history.

Go travel and enjoy, the most historical cities in Minas Gerais will do their job: provide fun and teach you a lot!

Thank you for reading and see you soon!

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