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Sao Joao del Rey, Brazil

Sao Joao del Rey Brazil

Sao Joao del Rey, Brazil is two hundred kilometers south of Belo Horizonte, Sao Joao del Rey (population 75,000) is the southernmost baroque city in Minas Gerais state. Gold was discovered here in the early 18th century that started the city's growth. The town's most famous native son is Tancredo Neves, who in 1984 became the first democratically elected president of Brazil following 18 years of military rule. A memorial was built in his honor near the historic Ponte do Rosario, one of three stone bridges that spans the Corrego do Lenheiro, the brook that babbles through the town. Unlike Ouro Preto, Sao Joao has been extensively industrialized, sadly losing some of its early architecture. However places of interest fortunately remain. Among the most interesting sights is the church of Sao Francisco de Assis at Praqa Frei Orlando. Built in 1774. Several of Sao Joao's secular structures are also worth visiting, in particular the colonial mansions that originally belonged to prosperous families.
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